§ 33. Mr. MATHERS
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what are the prospects of the active use by his Department of the naval base at Rosyth and of Port Edgar, Firth of Forth?
The question of making greater use of the facilities at Rosyth and Port Edgar is constantly borne in mind, and it will continue to receive attention whenever new naval developments are under consideration. But I cannot at present give the hon. Member any hopes of a change in the existing policy by which Rosyth Dockyard is maintained in a condition of care and maintenance.
§ Mr. MATHERS
Will the Minister bear in mind and try to remove the reproach that the closing down of Rosyth was due to the lack of social amenities in that area, and as was said at the time, to petticoat government?
Is it not true that it was entirely due to the Government's desire for disarmament?