HC Deb 21 November 1939 vol 353 c1000
20. Mr. Robert Gibson

asked the Minister of Shipping whether, in view of the shortage of shipping, he has now considered the requisitioning by the Govern ment of the Caird shipyard, Greenock; and whether he has any statement to make on the subject?

The Minister of Shipping (Sir John Gilmour)

This shipyard is completely dismantled and its re-opening would involve considerable expenditure before it could be made productive. Further, I am advised that owing to the demands already made on shipyard labour in the Clyde, there would not be skilled labour available to man the yard. A portion of the property in this yard which had not been developed has been let to the Admiralty.

Mr. Gibson

Is the right hon. Gentleman keeping in mind that this site has been examined by other Government Departments, which have pointed out that it is ideally situated for ship building?

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