HC Deb 12 February 1941 vol 368 cc1342-3
13. Mr. Ritson (for Mr. Batey)

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty how many shipyards were closed in this country since 1931 by the Shipbuilding Securities, Limited; and how many have been reopened since the beginning of the war?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty (Sir Victor Warrender)

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to the hon. Member for Govan (Mr. Maclean) on 10th December. My hon. Friend can rest assured that every practicable step is being taken to increase our capacity for merchant and naval shipbuilding.

Mr. Ritson

Is the Minister aware of the facilities that exist?

Sir V. Warrender

Yes, Sir, I am aware of the facilities mentioned.

Mr. Neil Maclean

Is the hon. Gentleman making use of these facilities of which he said he was aware?

Sir V. Warrender

Yes, Sir. I said that every practicable step was being taken to use these facilities.

Mr. Maclean

There are still some yards shut down.

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