HC Deb 25 October 1939 vol 352 c1438W
Colonel Wedgwood

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what other battleships of the "Royal Oak" class were reconstructed so as to be made less vulnerable to torpedoes, and at what expense; and whether he will give orders to stop building aircraft carriers and large battleships, which have no counterpart in the German navy, in order to concentrate on more-needed types of warship?

Mr. Churchill

The other battleships of the "Royal Oak" class have been bulged at an average cost of £200,000 each. Battleships and aircraft carriers are being constructed not only by Germany but by every other naval power, and these vessels are, therefore, essential as cover to our control of sea communications throughout the world.