§ Mr. KING
next asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what Powers have reserved to themselves at the second Hague Conference and the London Conference the right to convert merchant steamers into cruisers either in harbour or, if necessary, on the high seas; and whether any information has been received that these Powers are actually preparing to adopt this policy on any outbreak of war?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
All Powers have the right to convert merchant ships into cruisers in harbour. The question of conversion on the high seas remains open under the convention agreed to by the Powers. I am not able to make any statement in reply to the last part of the question.