§ 9. Mr. Bottomley
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he will make a statement about the future of the Royal Dockyard, Chatham.
§ Mr. T. G. D. Galbraith
No, Sir. I cannot do so until further progress has been made in the review of dockyard requirements in the light of the Defence White Paper.
§ Mr. Bottomley
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that an Admiralty statement has been put out which seeks to imply that there is work for a long time to come in Chatham Dockyard? Can the Minister say anything about the work that is going on in the yard at the moment?
§ Mr. Galbraith
A new submarine has been laid down in Chatham Dockyard, and in general a full load of work is planned for the dockyard in the immediate future.
§ Mr. Burden
Will my hon. Friend impress upon the First Lord of the Admiralty, in all the deliberations concerning Chatham Dockyard, its particular suitability for the construction and maintenance of submarines?