§ 40. Commander Maitland
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he can now make a statement indicating the progress made in improving the underwater efficiency of His Majesty's submarines.
Considerable progress has been made in improving the underwater efficiency of His Majesty's submarines. All operational submarines have now been fitted with the snort device, which enables them to cruise for periods of four weeks, or more, without having to come to the surface. As regards submerged speed, too, progress is satisfactory; but the hon. and gallant Member will appreciate that I cannot go into details.
§ Commander Maitland
Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that the progress of our submarines is keeping up with that of foreign countries? Can he at least go as far as, or elaborate on, what his noble Friend said at a recent dinner?
Yes, I can state that so far as we know we have run submarines at as fast a speed as any other nation.
§ Sir Ronald Ross
Is the Navy able to follow the investigations which take place in the United States Navy of one submarine against another, both submerged?
Naturally we could follow the tests carried out by the United States, or any other Navy available to us.