HC Deb 01 July 1919 vol 117 c803W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Shipping Controller whether the purchase price of the land which was requisitioned for the Chepstow national shipyards has been determined; and, if so, will he give the terms?

Colonel WILSON

As the negotiations for the purchase of the land have not yet been completed, I regret that I am not at present in a position to supply my hon. Friend with the information which he desires.


asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Shipping Controller what number of men are now employed at the Chepstow and the Beachley yards; what is the total cost approximately per month that is being spent there; and whether there is a prospect of an early disposal of these establishments?

Colonel WILSON

The number of men now employed at Chepstow and Beachley yards is 1,050. The present expenditure per month on all the -National Yards, including Portbury, Portishead Dock, all subsidiary construction and housing, is, approximately, £80,000. The monthly expenditure on shipbuilding at Chepstow and Finch's is £26,000. With regard to the last part of my right hon. Friend's question, I can only say that negotiations for the disposal of these establishments are now in progress.