HC Deb 08 February 1967 vol 740 cc1657-8
14. Mr. Wingfield Digby

asked the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has received from the shipping industry as to the need for better credit terms when they order from British shipyards, to remove the present advantages of their competitors who order here.

Mr. Jay

I am considering representations on these lines from the Chamber of Shipping.

Mr. Wingfield Digby

Is the President aware that there is continuing feeling about this matter? Will he look again at the paragraph of the Geddes Report which deals with this matter, bearing in mind that the need has, perhaps, become more urgent since that Report was published?

Mr. Jay

I will take note of what the hon. Member says. I am discussing this matter with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Technology, who is now responsible for shipbuilding.

Mr. Rankin

Will my right hon. Friend do this with speed? Is he aware that the British shipbuilding industry is in one of the worst declines that it has experienced? Does he realise that quick action is now needed?

Mr. Jay

Yes, Sir.

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