§ MR. REGINALD LUCAS (Portsmouth)
To ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether the Admiralty have considered that H.M.S. "Suffolk" will shortly be finished in Portsmouth dockyard, and that there is apparently no provision for a new ship to be laid down in the vacant slip; and whether he can give any information on the subject.
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE ADMIR-ALTY (Mr. ARNOLD-FORSTER,) Belfast, W.
As is stated on page 232 of the Navy Estimates, one of the two new battleships included in the programme for 1902–3 is to be built at Portsmouth. This vessel will be laid down on the slip from which H.M.S. "Suffolk" will shortly be launched.