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Naval Dockyard, Hong Kong (Closing)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th November 1957.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Bottomley Mr Arthur Bottomley , Rochester and Chatham 12:00 am, 28th November 1957

For the moment I will confine my questioning to the naval implications of the Minister's statement. Can the hon. Gentleman say whether the saving which will arise from the closing of the dockyard in Hong Kong are in addition to those already made known in the published White Paper?

Secondly, is he aware that there is a great deal of uncertainty in the home dockyards, with the result that many valuable employees are leaving the Service? Can the hon. Gentleman give an assurance that there will be reasonable stability in the home dockyards in the future?