§ MR. EDWARD M'HUGH (Armagh, S.)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty if in the giving of contracts for projected new ships of war he would see that a due proportion of the work found its way to ship-building firms in Belfast?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY
I should be delighted that Belfast should have its share of shipbuilding for the Navy. Two firms there are in the Admiralty list, including a large and very famous firm, and it has been a source of great regret to me that this 1671 firm has not tendered for Admiralty contracts in recent years. Invitations have been, and will be, sent to the Belfast firms in the usual course.