§ Mr. ASHLEY
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty when it was first decided to construct the new lock at Portsmouth; when the first Vote was taken for its construction; what was the amount voted; what is the estimated total cost of the work; and what is the anticipated date of completion?
§ Mr. McKENNA
Various schemes were prepared, and after consideration it was decided, on 16th July, 1907, to adopt the scheme which is now being carried out. The first Vote for its construction was taken in 1906–7. The sum of £10,000 was provided on account in that year. The estimated total cost of the lock and connected works is £940,000, exclusive of740W £65,000 for machinery. The main contract is due for completion in the autumn of 1912.