§ 21. Mr. Garro Jones
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the number and tonnage of British battleships projected but not yet building?
§ Mr. Shakespeare
As the hon. Member will now be aware from the recent White Paper on Defence (Cmd. 5682), the new construction programme for 1938 includes two capital ships. Their tonnage is still under consideration, and I am not at present able to make any statement on this subject.
§ Mr. A. V. Alexander
Are the Admiralty or the Foreign Office taking any steps, before coming to a decision, to respond to the Japanese invitation to consider the abolition of capital ships?
§ Mr. Garro Jones
Has any further information been obtained from the Japanese Government as to the size of the battleships projected or building by them?