§ 29. Mr. LAMBERT
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether any decision has been arrived at with regard to the further construction of the battleship base at Singapore; and, if not, when such decision may be expected?
I have nothing to add to the reply (OFFICIAL REPORT, cols. 499–500) given by the Prime Minister on 8th July to the hon. Member for Northampton (Mr. Malone).
I think the Prime Minister explained on the 8th that there were very important and difficult matters to be taken into account because of the way matters have to be arranged, and it is hardly fair to press for a date, especially when the right hon. Member considers that the Dominions have to be consulted.
I certainly could not say that on behalf of my Department. It affects other Departments as well, and I could not give a date without consultation with them.
§ 88. Mr. LAMBERT
asked the Secretary of State for War the total estimated cost of the military defences necessitated by 415 the construction of a battleship base at Singapore; and the estimated number of the garrison for which these estimates provide?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. T. Shaw)
All questions in connection with the Singapore Base are at present under the consideration of the Government, and, pending a decision, I would prefer, with the right hon. Member's permission, to postpone a statement on the point.
§ Mr. LAMBERT
Has the right hon. Gentleman answered the question on the Paper: what is the total estimated cost of the military defences?
§ Mr. SHAW
I think the answer I gave really covers that point The right hon. Member asks the total estimated cost of the military defences necessitated by the construction of a battleship base at Singapore. Surely the estimated cost will depend on the size of the base and the policy adopted with regard to it.