§ 11. Mr. DONALD
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether instructions have been issued to' private shipbuilding yards not to proceed further with Government work now in course of construction; and whether, if this is so, instructions will be given to have the building slips now occupied by such uncompleted work cleared at the earliest moment in order that they may be utilised for the construction of new merchant ships, which are urgently needed?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
Yes, Sir; such instructions have been issued in regard to certain vessels, and the contractors have been told to press on with work on merchant ship new construction.