HC Deb 21 January 1924 vol 169 cc539-40W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he will state the total amount so far expended on the Singapore naval dock scheme; what is the amount to which the Admiralty is actually committed by signed contracts; and whether the Admiralty now proposes to abandon this scheme?


With regard to the first two parts of the hon. Member's question, I would refer him generally to my answer to the hon. and gallant Member for Central Hull (Lieut.-Commander Kenworthy) on 17th January. I have, however, telegraphed to Singapore for more detailed figures. The reply to the last part of the question is in the negative.


asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office if the pro- posed visit of Lord Cavan to Singapore and the Dominions has been cancelled or merely postponed and what is the reason for this change of plan?

Lieut.-Colonel ASHLEY

No definite decision has been taken as to whether Lord Cavan's contemplated visit to Singapore and the Dominions should take place or not; and the Chief of the Imperial General Staff remains in England at my Noble Friend's desire so that his advice and experience may be available.