HC Deb 28 February 1912 vol 34 c1504W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether there has been any delay in the delivery of armour plating for the battle-cruisers "Australia" and "New Zealand"; what was the cause of the delay; and by how much the two ships will exceed their contract period of construction?


There has been some delay in delivery of armour plates for the "New Zealand" and "Australia," attributable to unforeseen difficulties encountered by the armour-plate contractors. The probable delay in the completion of the ships cannot at present be stated.