HC Deb 27 April 1938 vol 335 cc113-4
9. Mr. Day

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the number of cases of sabotage to vessels of His Majesty's Navy reported while in the Royal Dockyards and elsewhere during the three years ended to the last convenient date, and what action has been taken to prevent further similar acts in the future?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty (Mr. Shakespeare)

There have been five case of sabotage or suspected sabotage to His Majesty's Ships since the reply given by my predecessor to the hon. Member on 27th January, 1937. It would not be in the public interest to disclose what action is taken to prevent such occurrences.

Mr. Day

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether all practical steps are taken to investigate the character and antecedents of persons employed in the dockyards?

Mr. Shakespeare

Yes; adequate steps are taken.