§ 3. Captain BERKELEY
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether it is proposed to proceed with the Singapore dock?
§ 5. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he will consider the desirability of incurring no fresh expenditure on the projected dry docks for battleships at Singapore until the matter has been again before Parliament?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the ADMIRALTY (Mr. Ammon)
As is generally known, those responsible for the present Government have always taken the view that no adequate reason has been shown for the very large expenditure proposed by the late Government at Singapore. The Government, however, think it only right that they should hear and examine the case for the scheme before announcing their decision, and this they are proceeding to do. In the meantime, commitments such as are referred to by the hon. and gallant Member for Central Hull will certainly not be entered into.
§ Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY
When the Under-Secretary is considering this very important question, will he take into consideration the alteration in the whole position caused by the terrible disaster in Japan; and is he aware that this has really put Japan out of the running for another ten years?
§ Captain Viscount CURZON
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Japanese earthquake has made no material difference to the strength of the Japanese Navy, and can he assure us that, before His Majesty's Government arrive at a decision, they will consult the Dominions?
§ Commander BELLAIRS
May we have an assurance that expenditure already ordered, and sanctioned by this House, is not being retarded by the Government?
§ Mr. MARLEY
Will the hon. Gentleman inform the House what money has been expended on this scheme so far?
§ Mr. AMMON
Up to the 20th January last about £13,000 has been spent, and, in addition, I think we are actually committed by signed contracts to an expenditure of £34,000. Liabilities have been incurred on work already in progress, such as railways, road connections, water supplies, etc., but until further reports are received I cannot state how much expenditure has been or will be incurred.
§ Mr. 0RMSBY-GORE
Do I understand that the Government communicated to the Governments of Australia and New Zealand their intention to review this matter?