§ Colonel WEDGWOOD
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what is the estimated cost of each of the two new aircraft carriers, both with and without their cargo of aeroplanes; and whether the construction of the vessels and expenditure thereon will start during this financial year?396W
§ Sir S. HOARE
As the design for the two aircraft carriers of the 1936 new construction programme has not yet been approved, I regret that I cannot give 'an estimate of their cost. It is anticipated that the vessels will be ordered during the last quarter of the current financial year.