HC Deb 09 July 1958 vol 591 cc385-6
36. Mr. Hayman

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he is yet in a position to make a statement about the dockyard new construction programme for 1958–59.

Mr. T. G. D. Galbraith

There is a programme of new construction, including three frigates, now going on in the dockyards. While I cannot give details about any future programme, I can assure the hon. Member that, as I told the House during the Navy Estimates debate, it is our intention to make use of the dockyards for new construction as far as possible, without undertaking the very considerable capital re-equipment, which would be required for further expansion in that direction.

Mr. Hayman

Can the Minister say whether two of the three frigates are to be built at Devonport or not?

Mr. Galbraith

One is being laid down at Devonport and the other two are at Portsmouth.

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