§ 17. Mr. CLARRY
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the last available comparative costs of battleship construction as between Government and privately-owned dockyards, together with any difference in time required for construction?
§ Commander EYRES-MONSELL
The latest battleships for which a comparison of costs can be made are the vessels of the "Queen Elizabeth" class, where the completed costs compare as follows:
|"Queen Elizabeth "||…||2,473,103|
§ As regards the time required for building, there was a difference of about four months in favour of the dockyards, but the whole of the class were constructed very rapidly.
§ Commander BELLAIRS
Are those figures prepared on the same basis in regard to overhead charges, depreciation, and rates?
§ Sir C. KINLOCH-COOKE
May I take it that the House may conclude that shipbuilding in the Royal Dockyards is much cheaper than shipbuilding in private yards?
§ Mr. MAXTON
Do the figures given include overhead charge for private profit in the dockyard as well?