HC Deb 11 May 1964 vol 695 c30
33. Dr. King

asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that the marine repair yard in Southampton Docks may be closed within the next fortnight; and what steps he is taking to find jobs for those who will become redundant.

Mr. Whitelaw

I understand from the British Railways Board that consideration is being given to the closure of the marine workshops at Southampton but that there is no question of immediate closure. As part of the seasonal reduction 150 workpeople were discharged last Friday and 340 are under notice to leave in the course of this week. These workers and others who might become redundant as a result of any decision the Board may take to close the workshops will receive every assistance from our local officers in finding alternative employment.

Dr. King

As labour relations in the Southampton Docks are normally very good, as the hon. Gentleman knows, will he do what he can to ensure that British Railways, when they are contemplating steps of this gravity affecting men's livelihoods, take those men into their fullest confidence and consultation?

Mr. Whitelaw

I am sure that what the hon. Gentleman says is acceptable to both sides of the House.