§ Colonel J. WARD
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether any firm of shipowners have asked the Admiralty to contract to build liners for ocean traffic in the Portsmouth dockyard; and, if so, does he propose to accept the offer, so as to obviate the necessity for short time or the discharge of the workmen?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
On the 6th November the Admiralty received an offer to build at Portsmouth two steamers for a commercial firm, and the matter is now under serious consideration.