§ MR. RENWICK (Newcastle-on-Tyne)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty what was the relative aggregate cost of British and of foreign granite in the contract for the Portsmouth lock, in regard to which contract the
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Is it the intention of the right hon. Gentleman to reduce still further this valuable branch of the service?
§ cost of granite to be used is estimated to be about £55,000; and whether he will state if the preference given to British granite was because it was cheaper than foreign granite.
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. MCKENNA,) Monmouthshire, N.
The lowest tender for the whole work was accepted, and the successful firm proposes to employ British granite.