§ Mr. A. SHORT
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what number of 1716W Spaniards are employed in His Majesty's Dockyard, Gibraltar; whether the proportion of foreign labour is about 60 per cent.; and, if so, whether he will consider the advisability of providing facilities for the employment of British labour?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
The number of Spanish workmen employed at Gibraltar is about 1,400, comprising, roughly, about 50 per cent. of the total number of employees, the remainder being British-born subects, and men out from the home yards under agreement. Of the latter, there are between 200 and 300. I am afraid the restricted area of Gibraltar and the housing difficulty renders it impracticable to send a larger proportion of men out from the home yards.