HC Deb 05 November 1912 vol 43 c1044W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the standard of present superiority of the British Fleet in large armoured ships of the "Dreadnought" type and of pre-"Dreadnought" battleships combined is in the ratio of two to one to the similar ships of the next strongest naval Power; whether such standard depends largely upon our superiority in pre-"Dreadnought" battleships; and, if so, whether, as the said pre-"Dreadnought" ships become obsolete, it is the intention of the Admiralty to replace them by larger ships of the "Dreadnought" type in such ratio as to keep up the above standard of two to one?


The reply to the first part of the question is m the negative. With regard to the remainder of the question, I have nothing to add to the full statement I made to the House on the 18th March last.