HC Deb 30 June 1966 vol 730 cc2181-2
38. Mr. Rankin

asked the President of the Board of Trade what submissions he has received from the shipbuilding industry in respect of the recommendations contained in the Geddes Report.

The Minister of State, Board of Trade (Mr. Roy Mason)

We have received memoranda setting out the position of the Shipbuilding Conference, the Shipbuilding Employers' Federation and the National Association of Marine Engine Builders, and of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions.

Mr. Rankin

I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. When he comes to consider the submissions that have been made to him, will he take note of the type of organisation which is now established at Fairfield's in my constituency? Will he regard that as one that ought to be encouraged in a reformed shipbuilding industry?

Mr. Mason

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Blenkinsop

Is my hon. Friend aware of the very considerable progress being made on Tyneside in the implementation of the Geddes Report, both in the combination of the industry and in better relations between employers and unions?

Mr. Mason

It is highly commendable that shipbuilding employers, and, in particular, the unions, have responded so quickly and magnificently to the Geddes proposals. This seems to be a start to a change in the industry.

Mr. Wingfield Digby

In view of the favourable reception of the Geddes Report by both sides of the industry, will the hon. Gentleman press ahead with its implementation and not allow any delays to creep in?

Mr. Mason

The Government's appreciation of the Report will be made immediately and we hope to make an announcement next month.