HC Deb 02 November 1916 vol 86 c1829
84. Major CHAPPLE

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the strategic advantages that would have resulted from a mid-Scotland canal have been sufficiently demonstrated by naval engagements in the North Sea to justify him in getting an expert report with a view to the employment of prisoners of -war on a commercial and strategic enterprise that can have no relation to the present conflict?


I am afraid I can only repeat the opinion already expressed to my hon. and gallant Friend that it is not practicable to enter upon a discussion on this matter at the present time.


May we now take it that the Department of the right hon. Gentleman see the great advantages that would accrue from such a canal during the War?


I am afraid cannot answer that. All I can say is we cannot Consider it now.