§ Captain ELLIOT
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether the mining depot at Cromarty Firth is still employing over 100 men; whether their main task is looking after a large number of obsolete deep-sea mines; and whether this staff could be more rapidly reduced?1123W
§ Mr. AMERY
The number of workers employed at Dalmore Mining Depot on 31st March was 103. Their main task is to carry out upkeep work on mines and on the depot itself. The mines in question are not obsolete. Every effort is being made to reduce the staff consistently with keeping the mines and depot in an efficient condition.