§ 18. Mr. NEIL MACLEAN
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will institute an inquiry into the operations of National Shipbuilders' Securities, Limited, its methods of working, and the governing factors which weigh with them in deciding the closing down of shipyards; and what are the districts in which these yards are situated?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
I would refer the hon. Member to my answer of 19th June to the hon. Member for Jarrow. No complete list of the shipyards acquired by the company has been published, but I understand that of shipyards comprising 684 berths existing in January, 1930, the company has acquired for disposal 137 berths.
§ Mr. MACLEAN
Is not the President of the Board of Trade aware of the intense feeling that exists in various districts where yards have been closed down, and can he not see his way to institute an inquiry into the methods of operation of this particular company, as they are causing much unemployment by the closing down of yards?