§ 11. Mr. A. M. WILLIAMS
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the Government of New Zealand has offered to make any additional contribution to Imperial Defence and, if so, of what nature?
§ The FIRST LORD of the ADMIRALTY (Mr. Bridgeman)
In 1924 the New Zealand Government undertook the entire maintenance of the oil-burning cruiser "Dunedin" in place of the coal-burning cruiser "Chatham," which they had been maintaining since 1920. In 1925 the New Zealand Government further undertook the entire maintenance of a second oil-burning cruiser, the "Diomede." Quite recently, as stated in my speech introducing the Navy Estimates, New Zealand has made the generous contribution of £1,000,000, to be paid in eight instalments, towards the construction of the dock at Singapore. I was wrong in saying that New Zealand was to maintain an additional cruiser. It is anticipated that when the existing cruisers are eventually withdrawn they will be replaced by two B Class cruisers to be wholly maintained by New Zealand.
§ Mr. ERNEST BROWN
Is there still a British cruiser in addition to the New Zealand cruiser at the Island of Samoa?