asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he can announce the placing of any contracts in the 1939 programme?
I presume my hon. Friend intended to refer to the 1938 programme. It has now been decided to place the orders for each of the four "Fiji" class cruisers of the 1938 programme with the following firms:
- Messrs. Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson (Wallsend-on-Tyne). (Machinery by the Wallsend Slipway and Engineering Company, Limited.)
- Messrs. Vickers-Armstrong, Limited, Barrow-in-Furness.
- Messrs. Vickers-Armstrong, Limited, Walker-on-Tyne. (Machinery by the Parsons Marine Steam Turbine Company, Limited.)
- Messrs. A. Stephens & Sons, Limited, Govan.