HC Deb 11 November 1912 vol 43 c1753W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what were t he original dates the Admiralty expected His Majesty's ships "Conqueror," "Princess Royal," "Queen Mary," "Audacious," "Centurion," "Delhi," "Tiger," "Australia," and "New Zealand," to be ready for sea; whether their completion has been delayed by labour troubles; and, if so, whether he will inform the House what will be the earliest possible date for their completion?


The information asked for is as follows:—

Ship. Contract Date for Completion. Probable Date for Completion.
"Conqueror" 31st Mar., 1912 Nov., 1912
"Princess Royal" 31st Mar., 1912 Nov, 1912
"Queen Mary" 1st Mar., 1913 May, 1913
"Audacious" 16th Jan., 1913 Sep., 1913
"Centurion" 16th Jan., 1913 April, 1913
"Delhi" 14th Feb., 1914 May, 1914
"Tiger" 31st Mar., 1914 May, 1914
"Australia" 30th Sep., 1912 April, 1913
"New Zealand" 30th Sep., 1912 Jan., 1913

With regard to the question of delay, I am advised that it would not be expedient for the Admiralty to give details of the reasons whilst the ships are still uncompleted.