GREAT BRITAIN: Parliament's Week: Nov. 27, 1933

The Commons—

¶ Reacted with dominant Conservative cheers and impotent Laborite scowls when brisk, cheery Sir Bolton Meredith Eyres Monsell, First Lord of the Admiralty, announced an abrupt shift in the emphasis of Britain's current naval building program from small cruisers to large.

"The policy of building cruisers of comparatively small tonnage was adopted by His Majesty's Government," said Sir Bolton, "in the hope that other nations would follow our lead." However, the U. S. and Japan continue to build large cruisers.* Therefore Britain, which had intended to build three small Arethusa-type cruisers...

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