Shipyards.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 12th February 1941.

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Photo of Mr Joshua Ritson Mr Joshua Ritson , City of Durham

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty how many shipyards were closed in this country since 1931 by the Shipbuilding Securities, Limited; and how many have been reopened since the beginning of the war?

Photo of Sir Victor Warrender Sir Victor Warrender , Grantham

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to the hon. Member for Govan (Mr. Maclean) on 10th December. My hon. Friend can rest assured that every practicable step is being taken to increase our capacity for merchant and naval shipbuilding.

Photo of Mr Joshua Ritson Mr Joshua Ritson , City of Durham

Is the Minister aware of the facilities that exist?

Photo of Sir Victor Warrender Sir Victor Warrender , Grantham

Yes, Sir, I am aware of the facilities mentioned.

Photo of Mr Neil Maclean Mr Neil Maclean , Glasgow Govan

Is the hon. Gentleman making use of these facilities of which he said he was aware?

Photo of Sir Victor Warrender Sir Victor Warrender , Grantham

Yes, Sir. I said that every practicable step was being taken to use these facilities.

Photo of Mr Neil Maclean Mr Neil Maclean , Glasgow Govan

There are still some yards shut down.