HC Deb 01 December 1911 vol 32 cc983-4W

asked the Secretary for the Colonies whether he is yet in a position to confirm the dropping of the Canadian Navy by the present Canadian Government; whether the existing Canadian Navy scheme was approved by the Colonial Conference; and what steps will be taken to urge upon the Canadian Government the necessity of continuing to make some provision towards Imperial naval defence?


I have no official information from the Canadian Government with regard to a change of policy, and in the absence of a communication from Ministers I do not at present propose to address them on the subject. With regard to the Imperial Conference, I would refer to page 1 of Cd. 5742–2 and page 432 of Cd. 5745, as well as to the account of the Conference of 1909 published in Cd. 4948.