HC Deb 17 February 1959 vol 600 cc170-1
2. Mr. Osborne

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the action he has recently taken to secure some international agreement to stop the subsidising of foreign shipbuilding and so give British ship builders a fair chance to compete.

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

There have been no international negotiations such as my hon. Friend seems to have in mind. I have, therefore, no statement to make.

Mr. Osborne

In view of the fact that British shipbuilding has sunk to third place in the world, will not the Government take steps to get an agreement with countries that subsidise shipbuilding, and also draw attention to the folly of striking in Glasgow at the present time over demarcation, which is causing the position to be worse?

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

If my hon. Friend has evidence that subsidies or artificial aids are affecting our ability to compete for foreign orders, we shall be very glad to receive the details.

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