HC Deb 20 January 1972 vol 829 cc658-60
26. Dame Joan Vickers

asked the Minister of State for Defence if he will outline the programme for the building of new buildings and the reconstruction of old buildings in Her Majesty's Dockyard, Devonport, for the financial years 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1975.

Mr. Kirk

As this answer requires a considerable amount of detailed information, I will arrange for a list of the relevant building projects to be published in the OFFICIAL REPORT. The total estimated cost of dockyard building projects started in Devonport in these years is£19.7 million.

Dame Joan Vickers

I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. He may have heard the rumours about 6,000 men expecting to be sacked. Will he state that this programme can now be augmented more quickly in view of the unemployment figures that have been announced today, especially in the South-West?

Mr. Kirk

The rumour to which my hon. Friend refers, and about which I have written to her, is totally untrue. We shall go ahead with this programme as fast as we can but I cannot give an undertaking that we shall increase it.

Dr. David Owen

Would not the hon. Gentleman agree that it is a most astounding statement that 6,000 men are rumoured to be in danger of sacking? Would he make sure that this rumour, which has never had any foundation, is squashed completely since when repeated on the Floor of the House it causes unease and unhappiness?

Mr. Kirk

I can only repeat that it is totally untrue.

Following is the information:


Projects planned to commence in 1972–73

Projects planned to commence in 1973–74

Projects planned to commence in 1974–75

Projects planned to commence in 1975–76