HC Deb 20 March 1946 vol 420 cc1860-1
44. Mr. Gallacher

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he has considered the resolution from the Dunfermline Trades Council and Burgh Labour Party sent to him by the hon. Member for Fife, Western, calling for an immediate decision on the future of Rosyth naval base; and what answer he has made.

Mr. Dugdale

Yes, Sir. I fully appreciate the anxiety of Scotland to be given a definite decision on the future of Rosyth Dockyard. This must, however, depend upon the size of the postwar Navy, and the commitments which it is required to undertake. These questions are engaging the attention of His Majesty's Government, but it is likely to be some time be fore any firm decision is reached. As soon as I am in a position to make any statement concerning the future of Rosyth, I shall do so. The reply to the resolution will be on these lines.

Mr. Gallacher

Is not the Minister aware that the question of Rosyth should be considered in relation to Scotland and not in relation to the plans for the South of England, and will he consider it from that point of view?

Mr. Dugdale

I will certainly consider the urgent need of Scotland, but I am primarily concerned with the urgent need of the Navy to have the bases in the right places.