Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy (Battleship Construction).

– in the House of Commons on 11th May 1936.

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Photo of Mr Stuart Russell Mr Stuart Russell , Darwen

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether contracts have yet been given for the construction of the two battleships of the 1936 programme; if not, when the allocation of these contracts may be expected?

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. As regards the second part, no definite date can be given at present, but it will be several months before the design drawings can be sufficiently advanced for tendering purposes.

Photo of Sir Percy Harris Sir Percy Harris , Bethnal Green South West

What do the Government propose to do with the £425,000 which they have asked the House to vote if there is to be no contract this year?

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

In order to take some preliminary steps which are necessary before battleships are built.

Photo of Sir Percy Harris Sir Percy Harris , Bethnal Green South West

Is it suggested that the preliminary steps will cost £425,000?