Oral Answers to Questions — R.M.S. "magdalena"

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11 May 1949.

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Photo of Mr Anthony Greenwood Mr Anthony Greenwood , Heywood and Radcliffe 12:00, 11 May 1949

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether the plates of the R.M.S. "Magdalena" are riveted or welded.

Photo of Mr Walter Edwards Mr Walter Edwards , Stepney Whitechapel and St George's

The whole of the shell plating of the R.M.S. "Magdalena" was riveted and all deck beams, ship's side-frames and double-bottom floors were riveted to the plating. The plates for decks, bulkheads and tank tops were welded.

Photo of Mr Anthony Greenwood Mr Anthony Greenwood , Heywood and Radcliffe

Was any departure allowed in regard to British standard rivets?

Photo of Mr Walter Edwards Mr Walter Edwards , Stepney Whitechapel and St George's

I could not answer that question, but I can tell my hon. Friend that an inquiry is taking place under the Merchant Shipping Act, and that no doubt that point will come out in the report which is to be made to the Ministry of Transport.

Photo of Sir Allan Noble Sir Allan Noble , Chelsea

May I ask why this Question has been answered by the Admiralty?

Photo of Mr Walter Edwards Mr Walter Edwards , Stepney Whitechapel and St George's

Because the Admiralty is the responsible Department for merchant shipbuilding.