HC Deb 19 November 1947 vol 444 c1130
36. Lieut.-Commander Gurney Braithwaite

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty when rebuilding of the Royal Naval Barracks, Devonport, is likely to be completed.

The Civil Lord of the Admiralty (Mr. Walter Edwards)

It is hoped to begin an instalment of the reconstruction scheme early in 1948 but present circumstances make it impossible to forecast when the full scheme will be completed.

Lieut.-Commander Braithwaite

By "present circumstances" does the Minister mean that part or whole of this rebuilding scheme for the Royal Naval Barracks comes within the £200 million capital expenditure?

Mr. Edwards

No, Sir, that is not exactly the case, but we are in difficulties with regard to building materials, labour and money at the present time, and that, of course, has to be taken into account.

Commander Noble

What has happened to the rather generous promises made in the Estimates for the last two years?

Mr. Edwards

What is happening is that we are doing all that is humanly possible to bring about those promises.