14. Miss Ward
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what further naval orders are to be placed this year?
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty (Mr. Shakespeare)
In addition to two cruisers and one submarine, whose construction will be commenced in His Majesty's Dockyards in December, 1937, it is anticipated that the following ships will be ordered from private firms by the end of the present financial year:
- 4 Cruisers.
- 8 Destroyers.
- 3 Submarines.
- 2 Escort Vessels.
- 3 Patrol Vessels.
- 1 Destroyer Depot Ship.
- 10 Motor Torpedo Boats.
- 6 Boom Defence Vessels.
Is not private enterprise doing more than the national Dockyards, and is that quite right?
§ Mr. Shakespeare
I should want notice of that question, unless it relates to the cruisers under construction.