Capital Ships (Bomb-Dropping Experiments).

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 4th April 1928.

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

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asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what capital ships, if any, of His Majesty's Navy are still due to be scrapped under the terms of the Washington Convention; and, if there are any such, will he consider using them as targets for bomb-dropping experiments from aeroplanes?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

No capital ships of His Majesty's Navy are due to be scrapped until 1934. When the time comes I have no doubt that consideration will be given to the hon. and gallant Member's suggestion.

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

What is happening to the four "Iron Duke" class which were to have been scrapped when the "Nelson" and "Rodney" were completed? Have they already been scrapped?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

I should prefer to give an accurate reply. May I send the hon. and gallant Gentleman a reply in writing?

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

Certainly. If these four ships which were due to be broken up have not been broken up, would the right hon. Gentleman consider their use for the purpose of these very important experiments?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

We are only allowed, under the Washington Convention, one mobile target ship of that size, and we have one already.