The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the ADMIRALTY (Mr. Davidson)
I would refer the hon. Member to Command Paper 2349, Fleets (The British Empire and Foreign Countries). The number of submarines building and built by the United States of America, shown on page 3 of the Paper, should be decreased and increased by three respectively, thereby reducing the total number of vessels building from 352 to 349. I may mention, however, that the 349 are being built by only the seven Powers shown in the Paper. In addition, many of the smaller naval Powers are also building war vessels. The number building in the world is, therefore, somewhat higher than 349, and the British proportion correspondingly less.