HC Deb 15 December 1948 vol 459 c1182
8. Sir R. Ross

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether it is proposed to issue the Return of Fleets in 1949.

Mr. Dugdale

I have nothing to add to the answer I gave on 11th February last to the hon. Member for Hereford (Mr. J. P. L. Thomas).

Sir R. Ross

Why is it the policy of the Admiralty to keep this House in complete ignorance of the relative strengths of the naval forces?

Mr. Dugdale

As I stated, up to date information is not available in respect of foreign fleets, and considerations of security make us feel it would be better to wait until such information is obtainable before publishing our own.