Released Trawlers (Repair)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st March 1945.

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Photo of Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence , Orkney and Shetland 12:00 am, 21st March 1945

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he will consider arranging for the owners of released trawlers, many of which need extensive repairs before they can be used for fishing, to have the exclusive use of a few of the smaller shipyards formerly accustomed to undertake work of this kind.

Photo of Mr Albert Alexander Mr Albert Alexander , Sheffield, Hillsborough

No, Sir. Steps have been taken to obviate delay in the repair and reconditioning of trawlers released from naval service, but in view of the heavy load of naval and merchant repair work, I cannot earmark specific yards for this purpose.

Photo of Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence , Orkney and Shetland

Is my right hon. Friend aware that in some cases trawling vessels have been on the stocks in the shipyards for months, without any repairs being done, and that in other cases shipyards are without work? Will he look into the matter, bearing in mind that the public want more and better fish?

Photo of Mr Albert Alexander Mr Albert Alexander , Sheffield, Hillsborough

I have no knowledge of any shipyards without work. There is very heavy pressure on the yards, for both naval and merchant repairs, and I certainly cannot undertake any further priority.