§ 12. Major GLYN
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he will cause the Committee set up to investigate into the question of the adaptation of the Royal dockyards for the building of mercantile ships to consider the special circumstances of the Forth, and to take no action that will in any way interfere with the development of shipbuilding at Grangemouth and Alloa, but rather to consider how best to provide the necessary transport arrangements to enable workers at Rosyth to be employed at the existing mercantile shipyards?
§ Mr. LONG
It is not anticipated that any action will be taken at Rosyth which will interfere with the development of shipbuilding at Grangemouth and Alloa, as the staff at that yard will be kept fully employed on the repairs and refits of His Majesty's Fleet. The latter part of the question does not, therefore, arise.
§ Sir C. KINLOCH-COOKE
Is the right hon. Gentleman in a position to give the House any information as to the result of the Prime Minister's conversations with shipowners interested in this question?
§ Mr. LONG
The House has already been informed of the result of the interview between the Prime Minister and certain representatives of those interested in shipbuilding, by the appointment of a Committee resided over by Lord Colwyn. That Committee is sitting now, and I have every reason to hope it will shortly make its Report.