§ 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. 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.