HC Deb 26 February 1940 vol 357 cc1720-1
10. Mr. David Adams

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the slipways available for the construction of mercantile tonnage are fully engaged, and where it is found desirable new shipyards are being laid down?

Mr. Shakespeare

All yards now in production are full up with orders. The first need is to increase their speed of output and as soon as this has been achieved the opening of new yards will follow. We are resolved to use the utmost capacity which labour and steel will sustain.

Mr. Adams

The Minister will recognise that this is a matter of paramount importance?

Mr. Shakespeare

Yes, Sir.

Miss Wilkinson

When considering new shipyards will the Admiralty also consider those yards which have been dismantled? A great deal of fundamental work has already been done in these shipyards, which might quite easily be brought into order again if the matter was looked into. Would the Admiralty do that before considering new shipyards?

Mr. Shakespeare

I am sure the considerations which the hon. Member has in mind will be taken into account.

Mr. R. Gibson

Has the hon. Gentleman in particular, any plans for the Caird shipyard in Greenock?

Mr. Shakespeare

The hon. Member had better put that Question on the Paper.