HC Deb 17 December 1908 vol 198 cc2107-8
MR. RENWICK (Newcastle-on-Tyne)

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, in view of the fact that no dry dock suitable for large battleships and cruisers will be ready at Rosyth until about six years hence, he will now consider the advisability of entrusting the owners of suitable dry docks on the Tyne with a portion of the docking and repairs to large war vessels.


The existing facilities at His Majesty's dockyards are considered to be sufficient to cope with the repairs and dockings of the large war vessels in His Majesty's Navy, and it is not proposed to make any arrangements for doing such work at private yards.


Does not the right hon. Gentleman consider it necessary to have such docks available in time-of war?


I could not discuss that subject by Question and Answer across the floor of the House.