Chatham Dockyard

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th December 1957.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Bottomley Mr Arthur Bottomley , Rochester and Chatham 12:00 am, 11th December 1957

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he will make a statement about the future of the Royal Dockyard, Chatham.

Photo of Hon. Thomas Galbraith Hon. Thomas Galbraith , Glasgow Hillhead

No, Sir. I cannot do so until further progress has been made in the review of dockyard requirements in the light of the Defence White Paper.

Photo of Mr Arthur Bottomley Mr Arthur Bottomley , Rochester and Chatham

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that an Admiralty statement has been put out which seeks to imply that there is work for a long time to come in Chatham Dockyard? Can the Minister say anything about the work that is going on in the yard at the moment?

Photo of Hon. Thomas Galbraith Hon. Thomas Galbraith , Glasgow Hillhead

A new submarine has been laid down in Chatham Dockyard, and in general a full load of work is planned for the dockyard in the immediate future.

Photo of Sir Frederick Burden Sir Frederick Burden , Gillingham

Will my hon. Friend impress upon the First Lord of the Admiralty, in all the deliberations concerning Chatham Dockyard, its particular suitability for the construction and maintenance of submarines?

Photo of Hon. Thomas Galbraith Hon. Thomas Galbraith , Glasgow Hillhead

That point is kept in mind.