§ 23. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty why tenders have been accepted allowing for the completion of the five additional cruisers in three years instead of having them built in a shorter time, in view of the Admiralty's statement that these vessels are urgently required?
§ Mr. BUCHANAN
Is the Department taking any steps to bring forward the 1298 work on these cruisers in order to try to ease the situation with regard to unemployment in the district?
§ 24. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether there is any Clause in the contracts for the additional five new cruisers allowing for the cancellation of the contracts in the event of a further agreement being reached with the principal naval Powers, limiting the construction of those types of warships which are excluded from the last Washington Agreement; and, if so, what is the nature of the Clause?
§ Mr. J. HARRIS
Does not the hon. Gentleman contemplate taking any action with regard to another Naval Conference for the limiting of ships outside the Washington Convention?
In the event of restriction being agreed upon, have the Government committed themselves to going on with this programme in any case?
§ Major Sir BERTRAM FALLE
Would not such a proviso in the contract largely increase the price of the cruisers?
Are the Government bound to go on building these ships whether there is a general disarmament agreement or not?
Will the hon. Gentleman be so kind as to give a specific reply to my question—are the Government bound to go on building these ships whether disarmament is agreed upon or not?