§ 69. Mr. MANDER
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty when it is proposed to bring back the British Fleet from the Mediterranean?
§ Sir S. HOARE
There is no intention of withdrawing the British Fleet from the Mediterranean, but it is proposed to release, at a very early date, those units 1398 which were sent temporarily to the Mediterranean from the home station and from other stations abroad.
§ Mr. MANDER
As the Government have said that they are not willing to risk any of these ships, what is the precise purpose of keeping them there?
§ Captain P. MACDONALD
Is it not the fact that the British Fleet has been in the Mediterranean for over 300 years and is there any reason why it should be withdrawn now?