§ Commander Noble
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he will give a detailed comparison between classes and numbers of His Majesty's ships in full commission on 3rd September, 1939, at the present time, and as anticipated on 31st December, 1948.
It is impossible to forecast with any degree of accuracy the numbers of His Majesty's ships in the132W various classes that will be in full commission in December, 1948; and, as my right hon. Friend the Minister of Defence indicated on 23rd October, considerations of security do not at present admit of the publication of such figures for a current date. I regret, therefore, that the comparative statement requested cannot be given.