HC Deb 25 October 1950 vol 478 c2784
36. Mr. P. Smithers

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether it is proposed to reopen Bermuda dockyard, in view of the re-armament programme.

Mr. W. Edwards

No, Sir.

Mr. Smithers

Does the Minister think it wise to dispense with these facilities at a time when there is danger to this country of an international conflict? Does he not think it would be prudent to maintain a dockyard which is remote from potential enemy bases?

Mr. Edwards

I can assure the hon. Gentleman that careful consideration has been given to the position, but the dockyard has become uneconomical in many ways. I would point out that the America and West Indies Fleet is still operating from there and will be able adequately to carry out its duties.

Commander Noble

Has any action yet been taken to dispose of the Bermuda dockyard?

Mr. Edwards

I could not answer that question without notice, but we are continuing the process of getting out of the yard.