HC Deb 04 May 1932 vol 265 c1094

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty how many cruisers in the Navy are more than 16 years old; and if, in the interests of economy, he will retain ships up to the age of 20 years before making provision for replacement?


On 4th May, 1932, the following cruisers will be more than 16 years old: "Canterbury," "Constance," "Castor," "Champion," and "Comus." Under the terms of the London Naval Treaties all cruisers laid down after 31st December, 1919, will not be deemed to be over-age until they become 20 years old. It is not, however, in the interests of economy to retain war-built cruisers after they are over 16 years of age.

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