HC Deb 20 March 1952 vol 497 c246W
Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty on what principle he allocates orders to the various shipbuilding and ship-repairing ports of Britain; and what proportion in value and tonnage is allocated to the various Scottish ports, respectively.

Mr. J. P. L. Thomas

As regards the first part of the Question, Admiralty orders for shipbuilding and ship-repairing are allocated, in so far as it is practicable and economical to do so, to yards which are most in need of work; preference is given, other things being equal, to ports in Development Areas or areas of relatively high unemployment. I regret that I am unable in the public interest to disclose the information asked for in the latter part of the Question.