§ MR. BROADHURST (Leicester)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty, whether it is proposed to use concrete instead of stone for the quoins and cornices and other dressings in the proposed new torpedo sheds and boat house at the Keyham Extension Works; and, if so, will he state the reasons why this experiment is to be made in such important works.
§ * THE CIVIL LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. PRETYMAN,) Suffolk, Woodbridge
The Admiralty have sanctioned the use of granolithic concrete for the coping to the side walls of the Slipways, and also for the window sills of the new Boat Shed for the Dockyard Reserve, Keyham Dockyard Extension. The new Torpedo Store is being designed, but no decision has yet been come to as to the use of granolithic concrete in place of stone dressings. In reply to the latter part of the hon. Member's Question, the use of this concrete is not an experiment, it has been used for a considerable time past, and is found to be cheaper than stone.