§ 17. Mr. McMaster
asked the President of the Board of Trade by what percentage Japanese shipbuilding yards undercut best British shipyard tenders for new orders; and what steps he intends to take to help close this gap.
§ Mr. Mason
There is no official information about British or foreign prices for ships. Where there are differences in price, these seem to vary greatly according to the type of ship. The Shipbuilding Inquiry Committee will consider what action might help the British shipbuilding industry to become more competitive in world markets.
§ Mr. McMaster
In view of the recent visit by the hon. Gentleman to Japan 594 and the urgency of this problem, will he take immediate steps to see that such matters as costing, the level of capital investment, the credit facilities available and problems of demarcation are dealt with urgently in order that we may be fully competitive in this important field?
§ Captain Orr
Can the hon. Member say what has happened to the Shipbuilding Committee of Inquiry? Has it started work, and when can we expect a report?