§ GENERAL LAURIE (Pembroke and Haverfordwest)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether one or more of the vacant building slips, Nos. 4, 6, 7, 10, or 11, at Pembroke Dockyard could be so enlarged as to be made suitable for building battleships; whether the roofs of Nos. 8 and 9 slips could be replaced, and these slips again made available for building; and whether, if neither of these proposals are considered desirable, the construction of the first-class cruiser Spratrate, now due to be launched in September next, could be accelerated, and meantime materials provided and prepared for commencing on No. 1 slip one of the new battleships proposed to be constructed this year?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY
I must refer the honourable and gallant Member to my answer to-day to the right honourable Gentleman the Member for the Forest of Dean.