§ 21. Mr. MATHERS
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he can now make a statement regarding the active use of Rosyth Dockyard and Port Edgar?
It has been decided to provide for the increased requirements of naval training by building at Rosyth 1996 a combined boys' training establishment and training establishment for artificer apprentices. There is no intention at present of re-opening Port Edgar or the dockyard at Rosyth.
§ Mr. MATHERS
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that previous answers on this point have raised the hope that more extensive use was to be made of Rosyth dockyard and of the destroyer base at Port Edgar? Is there no foundation for that idea, and when will it be possible for the Government make a statement on the more extensive use of these places?
I do not think that any previous answer would justify raising the hopes of the hon. Gentleman.
§ Miss HORSBRUGH
Does my hon. Friend realise from the questions that Scotland is wholly in favour of the extension of the Naval programme?