§ Mr. O'SHEE
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he will give the figures 619W of the number of ships sunk and their aggregate tonnage for the first eighteen days of the present month to compare with the figures for the corresponding periods in previous months as stated by him on the 21st ultimo?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
The figures for British shipping losses from submarines and mines during the first eighteen days of December, 1916, and January, February, March, 1917, respectively, are:
December … … … … 30 January … … … … 26 February … … … … 66 March … … … … 55
Those figures include all British vessels except fishing craft. They exclude losses by the action of the German commerce raider, the "Moewe," which have been published separately from the return of losses from submarines and mines. As regards the tonnage, my right hon. Friend has already stated why it cannot be given.