21 JANUARY 1928, Page 2

Only the general Principles of the Bill have so far

been agreed upon and it is thought that it will not be completed until next month. The "Big Navy" idea, however, has triumphed in the Naval Affairs Committee. Nevertheless, it would be a great mistake to suppose' that there is anything like a certainty that the Bill will go through. Several British commentators, mistakenly arguing from the analogy of Our own Parliamentary procedure, imagine that the programme has already been sanctioned' by the President. Of course, nothing of the sort has happened. In this country a NeVal Bill could not be presented by the First Lord of the Admiralty without the sanction of the Prime Minister, but in the United States it is customary for the Secretary of the Navy to produce a Bill, as it were, "without prejudice."