Shipbuilding Capacity.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 4th March 1942.

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Photo of Mr Jack Lawson Mr Jack Lawson , Chester-le-Street

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the number of shipyards in the United Kingdom closed and sterilised by National Shipbuilding Securities, Limited, which have been reopened for shipbuilding since the war began; and the number still remaining closed?

Mr. Alexander:

For the reasons given by my hon. Friend the Civil Lord in a reply to the hon. Member for Govan (Mr. Maclean) on 10th December, 1940, I am not prepared to give detailed information on the subject of British shipbuilding capacity.

Photo of Mr Alfred Edwards Mr Alfred Edwards , Middlesbrough East

Is it true that the gentleman responsible for Shipbuilding Securities, who destroyed our capacity to build ships, is still responsible for shipbuilding?

Mr. Alexander:

I have already pointed out that it is not a question of an individual, but of the arrangements within the industry carried through by National Shipbuilding Securities, Limited.