HC Deb 06 December 1956 vol 561 cc1438-9
27. Mr. Dodds

asked the Minister of Labour what effect the shortage of shipping resulting from the hold-up in the Suez Canal is having on employment in the motor car industry; and what are the prospects in this respect for the immediate future.

Mr. Iain Macleod

It is not possible to estimate what effect shipping difficulties are now having, or may have in the immediate future, on employment in the motor car industry.

Mr. Dodds

Is the Minister aware that there are many motor car workers in my constituency, and that many of them have been informed that there is a hold-up of exports owing to a shortage of shipping? Are any special steps being taken to get some of the laid-up shipping of America for this purpose?

Mr. Macleod

As I said in one of my earlier answers, it is difficult to isolate particular causes for any dislocation in industry. All the information I have is that there is very little hold-up here and that the lack of shipping, although a factor, is a secondary one in short-time working.