§ MR. EDMUND ROBERTSON (Dundee)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the benefit of the "Strike Clause" is to be allowed to contractors whose work has been delayed by the lock-out in the engineering trade; in what cases, if any, and for what periods has an extension of time been allowed to such contractors; and whether he can give the House any indication of the extent to which the programme of the year has been delayed by the dispute in the engineering trade?
§ MR. MACARTNEY (Antrim, South)
No applications for extension of time under the "Strike Clause" have been received by the Admiralty, and cones- 233 quently no action has been taken. With regard to the third paragraph of the question, it would be impossible, within the limits of an answer to a question, to give an adequate reply, but the information will be given in the First Lord's statement, explanatory of the Navy Estimates.