HC Deb 27 July 1960 vol 627 cc1644-5
38. Mr. Albu

asked the Minister of Transport if he will make a statement on his discussions with the shipbuilding industry about its future.

Mr. Marples

I have nothing to add to my Answer of 20th June to the hon. Member.

Mr. Albu

While I recognise that many of the difficulties facing the shipbuilding industry are not of its own creation, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he has seen some very serious criticisms made about the industry in a series of articles in Lloyd's List during March and April? Do not those articles require a serious reply or some action from him?

Mr. Marples

I have not seen the articles but will look at them and write to the hon. Gentleman. A sub-committee is considering shipbuilding, and I understand that the D.S.I.R. will be co-opted to it at some stage of the discussion so that the scientific and research aspect will not be neglected.

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