§ 138. Mr. HORE-BELISHA
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty how much money has been spent on private firms out of the Navy Estimates; and how much in His Majesty's dockyards for comparable work in the years 1923 and 1924, respectively?
The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the ADMIRALTY (Mr. Davidson)
The approximate amounts expended in the dockyards for shipbuilding and repairs were £8,948,000 for 1923 and £10,573,000 for 1924, as against the amounts paid to private firms for comparable work of £2,697,000 and £3,351,000. The amounts expended in the dockyards, however, include the sums of £2,750,000 and £3,420,000 for materials, machinery, gun mountings, etc., originally purchased from contractors.