HC Deb 28 June 1950 vol 476 cc2274-5
34. Mr. Oakshott

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he can now say when he expects to receive the report of the committee investigating ship-repairing facilities on Mersey-side; and whether this report when available will be published.

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

In reply to the first part of his question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Collick) on 22nd May; the answer to the second part of the Question is that it is the intention to publish the report.

Mr. Oakshott

Is the Civil Lord aware that although the present level of employment is healthy and high, there is uneasiness as to the future position, which has not been dispelled by a recent hint about rising unemployment by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport?

Mr. Edwards

I do not think that has much to do with the publication of this report. We have just set up a working party to go into the situation of the Merseyside, and when their report is presented it will be considered in the light of the other responsibilities in the country.

Mr. Collick

Pending receipt of the Committee's report, will the Parliamentary Secretary do everything in his power to see that the ship-repairing facilities at Birkenhead are fully utilised?

Mr. Edwards

We have no power to see that they are fully utilised, as they come under the control of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board.

35. Mr. Oakshott

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether any ship repair work on commercially owned vessels, similar to that referred to in paragraphs 7 and 8 of the Report of the Controller and Auditor-General on Naval Dockyard Accounts, is still being undertaken in naval dockyards.

Mr. W. Edwards

No, Sir.