HC Deb 23 March 1891 vol 351 c1677

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, in view of his statements on the great importance of the Dock at Gibraltar and of the lengthening of the Mole there, and also of the fact that no reference is made to these important works in his statement for this year, he will state what is the practical upshot of the deliberations of the Committee which reported last year on the Dock, and whether any steps are being taken towards its construction; and whether the Mole is going to be lengthened so as to enable it to store more than the ridiculously inadequate amount of coal it can at present?


The Committee on the Gibraltar Dock reported last year; but considering the many urgent demands made upon naval finance, and the amount of work of various kinds now in hand, it was considered desirable not to begin the work until a large sum could be annually applied to it, and its construction rapidly and continuously pushed forward. An extension of the Mole would be part of the scheme.

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