HC Deb 07 December 1939 vol 355 c838W
Major Neven-Spence

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether arrangements are being made to salvage any of the ships sunk since the outbreak of war; and, if so, when operations are likely to begin?

Mr. Shakespeare

Salvage operations have already been undertaken to save damaged ships and have been successful on a number of occasions. My hon. and gallant Friend will appreciate that the salvage of sunken vessels under war conditions presents very great difficulties, but such operations will be initiated in suitable cases whenever possible.