§ Mr. Maclean
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he is aware that one of the most efficient shipyards in the country is at present only on maintenance staff and has not received any orders from the Admiralty; and whether he can state the reason that no Admiralty orders have been placed with the shipyard of Harland and Wolff at Govan?
§ Mr. Shakespeare
An order has been placed with Harland and Wolff within the last few days for two mine-sweepers of the 1939 programme. These ships will be built at the company's Govan yard. Opportunities for tendering for other Admiralty auxiliary vessels will continue to be afforded as occasion arises.