Foreign News: Hands Off the Navy

One of the pet projects which the Labor Ministry planned to scrap was that of the Singapore Naval Base (TIME, Dec. 24).

Lord Chelmsford, Conservative First Lord of the Admiralty* in the Labor Cabinet, submitted Admiralty views on the matter and it leaked out that the First Sea Lord, Admiral Lord Beatty, had threatened to resign. Ominous growls were heard. Then the news was published that the Government intended to send one of the floating docks, surrendered by Germany, to Singapore instead of building a costly graving dock. It became evident that the Government...

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