New Construction.

Oral Answers to Questions — Genoa Conference. – in the House of Commons on 29th March 1922.

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Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

21.

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what vessels of war and auxiliaries are at present under construction for His Majesty's Fleet; and what will have been their total cost when completed?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

Thirty-two ships and vessels are at present under construction, details of which I will, with the hon. I and gallant Member's permission, circu- late in the OFFICIAL KEPORT. It IS estimated that their total cost when completed (including guns) will be about £20,500,000. This figure, of course, represents a programme which has been carried out over a considerable number of years.

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

Are we, in connection with the vessels still under construction, taking into account the Washington Agreement? Will that not make a difference?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

None of these are capital ships. They are cruisers and other smaller craft, many of which have been under construction since 1917.

The details promised are us follow:

  • 7 Light Cruisers.
  • 6 Torpedo Boat Destroyers.
  • 8 Submarines.
  • 6 Coastal Motor Boats.
  • 1 Minelayer.
  • 2 Flotilla Leaders.
  • 2 Aircraft Carriers.