§ Mr. Iain Macleod
Two thousand, seven hundred and eighty-two at 16th June, 1958, compared with 1,461 in June, 1957, 1,303 in June, 1956, and 1,354 in June, 1955.
§ Dr. King
Is the Minister aware that these figures reveal that serious unemployment has broken out at Harland and Wolff's and Thorneycroft's in the shipbuilding and ship repairing industry? Will he give some attention to the question of enabling firms of this kind to get ship repairing contracts, and will he 1329 especially look into the problem of the ship repairing work going away from this country to Europe?
§ Mr. Macleod
Yes; these figures are steeper at Southampton than for most other ports in the country, and are getting on for double the figures of last year and the previous year. I should like to consider with some of my colleagues in the Government what the hon. Member has said in his supplementary question.
§ Mr. Osborne
Would not my right hon. Friend agree that much of the ship repairing work is being lost because German firms do the job much cheaper than firms in this country? What stops can any Government take to stop Germans doing their work cheaper and, therefore, obtaining the work?