HC Deb 25 February 1896 vol 37 cc1062-3

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty if the Government are prepared to consider the desirability of giving a grant or yearly subsidy to encourage the construction of new dock works, including graving docks, by dock companies or harbour authorities, these works being arranged to meet Admiralty requirements, and when needed to be at the disposal of the Government?

THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. G. J. GOSCHEN, St. George's,) Hanover Square

I have arranged to receive a deputation in a few days in connection with a scheme put forward by a local authority in the North, when I shall be prepared to listen attentively to what may be urged on behalf of any proposal of the kind referred to by the hon. Member, but I must not be understood to hold out hopes that anything will be done.