HC Deb 26 May 1924 vol 174 cc23-4
36. Viscount CURZON

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that merchant ships now being built in Germany, especially those ships being built with Diesel engines, are being designed with a view to eventual military use in respect of protection of buoyancy, provision for additional motors and semi-immersion emplacement for guns, and provision for carrying aircraft; whether he is aware that the new German liners "Ballin" and "Deutschland" are fitted with elaborate bulges; whether these fittings, etc., are in accordance with the Treaty of Versailles; and whether His Majesty's Government can give the matter their consideration?


His Majesty's Government are not in possession of any evidence to show that the German Government are infringing the terms of the Treaty of Versailles in this respect.

Viscount CURZON

Will the Government direct attention to the points alluded to in the question, and to the last part in respect to the Treaty of Versailles?


If the Noble Lord has any evidence that will help the Government in this matter we shall be glad to receive it.