HC Deb 09 March 1938 vol 332 c1875
24. Mr. Day

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the number of battleships or cruisers at present in commission that are fitted for launching aircraft from catapults; and how many others actually carry and operate aircraft?

Mr. Shakespeare

Seven capital ships and 30 cruisers in commission are equipped for launching aircraft from catapults. Included in the latter figure are three cruisers of the Royal Australian Navy and two cruisers of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy. One cruiser in addition carries and can operate aircraft but is not yet fitted with a catapult.

Mr. Day

Are arrangements being made for fitting the new battleships and cruisers with catapults?

Mr. Shakespeare

Yes, Sir.