HC Deb 16 March 1955 vol 538 cc1275-6
5. Mr. Willey

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what action he has taken to ensure the closest possible co-operation between the Admiralty Research Department and the British Shipbuilding Research Association.

Mr. Digby

The Director of Naval Construction, the Engineer-in-Chief of the Fleet and the Chief of the Royal Naval Scientific Service are members of the Association's Research Board, and Admiralty representatives also serve on many of its technical committees.

Mr. Willey

Whilst appreciating what the Civil Lord has said, may I ask, in view of the intense competitive conditions which the shipbuilding industry now faces, if he will accept it as being his duty to promote the closest co-operation between the Admiralty and the industry in order to see that the Admiralty shall afford every possible facility towards bringing about the greatest efficiency?

Mr. Digby

I can assure the hon. Member that the closest possible liaison between our own technical people and the shipbuilding industry exists, and information is exchanged mutually.