HC Deb 06 November 1912 vol 43 c1240
9. Captain FABER

asked whether part of the reason for contract-built ships being late is due to neglect on the part of Admiralty overseers at steel works to push forward with material for the Navy?


The reply is in the negative. I am quite satisfied that the Admiralty officers fully discharge their duties in this respect.

10. Captain FABER

asked whether various tests are insisted upon in the case of contract-built ships which are unknown in Royal dockyards; and whether he is aware that these tests prolong unnecessarily the time given for building such ships?


The specifications and building drawings for vessels built by contract and in His Majesty's dockyards are identical. Only necessary tests are insisted on in contract-built ships, and I am not aware of any important difference in this respect between contract-built and dockyard-built ships which affects the time for building such ships.