§ 4. Mr. Stokes
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty in view of the decision not to proceed further with the Culrose R.N.A. Station, Cornwall, whether he is aware that loads of clinker, stone and tarmac are still being delivered to the site in spite of the fact that this material is needed for the repair of local roads; and if he will now terminate this waste of road material.
My hon. Friend is under a misapprehension in thinking that it has been decided not to proceed further with this station. It is essential to finish certain parts of the work to prevent serious deterioration, and this applies to the partially completed roads and runways for which this material is required.
§ Mr. Stokes
Why is it necessary to complete roads and runways when it has been decided not to complete the aerodrome for some years yet? Is my right hon. Friend aware that all this material and labour is urgently wanted elsewhere, and that there are complaints all round regarding the waste that is taking place?
We had 1,500 men at work on this aerodrome. I have released 900, specially on his representation, for building work. Unless we complete roads which have been constructed in their foundations and seal up buildings which now require weather-proofing, public 1254 money will be wasted. We intend to proceed to a partial use of the aerodrome as soon as it is finished.
§ Mr. Stokes
While I appreciate that the buildings must be sealed up, is my right hon. Friend aware that the general feeling is abroad that the contractors are making a very good thing out of carrying stuff to the site which will not be wanted for years?