HC Deb 22 February 1939 vol 344 c379
39. Mr. Muff (for Mr. Edwards)

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many capital ships were built by the various naval Powers between 1918 and 1935; and what is the present definition of a capital ship?

Colonel Llewellin

Between 1918 and 1935 Great Britain completed three capital ships, the United States seven, Germany two, and Japan three. No other naval Power built capital ships during these years. For the present definition of a capital ship, as embodied in Article 1 of the London Naval Treaty of 1936, I would refer the hon. Member to page 2 of the current copy of "Fleets."