§ MR. REGINALD LUCAS (Portsmouth)
I beg to ask the Secretary to 1101 the Admiralty, whether he is able to give an assurance that, although the intention of building H.M.S. "Edward VII." at Portsmouth has been abandoned, there is no intention of forsaking the principle that new work should always proceed concurrently with repairs and refits, and that the establishment mentioned will not be solely occupied with the latter operations.
§ * MR. ARNOLD-FORSTER
It is undesirable to give any pledge as to the nature or distribution of the work to be undertaken at any time in the Royal Dockyards, but there is no intention of confining the work at Portsmouth Dockyard to repairs and refits, to the exclusion of construction.