asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he will grant permission for the use of a quayside berth at Devonport Dockyard for the Italian steamer "Irpinia", 12,299 tons gross register, for the winter months of 1958–59; and whether he will allow any necessary repairs to be carried out in the dockyard.
In view of this refusal and the fact that permission has been granted previously to a Dutch ship, can my hon. Friend give an assurance that during the coming year there will be full work for the 20,000 employees now employed there and that this refusal will not render any of them redundant?
Would not the hon. Gentleman agree that, with the yards full of repair work and the urge that private work should also be carried out, there is no need to worry about the future of the dockyards?