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LONDON, March 26. In the House of Commons last evening Mr Asquith stated, replying to Mr J. Uretton (Unionist member for Rutland), that Germany's intention not to accelerate her shipbuilding programme was first intimated to Britain verbally, through diplomatic channels, on March 10. The intimation added that Germany would not have 13 Dreadnoughts till {he end of 1912.

. Comparing this with the Admiralty's information, the Government concluded that the statement did not include cruisers, but Admiral yon Tirpitz (Secretary of the German Navy), speaking on March 18, showed that it did. On the 18th they were informed regarding the two ships to be ordered upnder Germany's 1909-1910 programme, that the contracts had been previously promised to certain firms beforehand; but Britain was given to understand that this would in no way qualify the statement regarding the rate of construction.

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GERMANY'S PROGRAMME., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 74, 27 March 1909

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GERMANY'S PROGRAMME. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 74, 27 March 1909

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