HC Deb 06 February 1968 vol 758 cc213-4
10. Mr. Wingfield Digby

asked the Minister of Power whether negotiations have yet been concluded on the price of shipbuilding steel; and with what result.

Mr. Marsh

I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to my right hon. Friend the Member for Sunderland; North (Mr. Willey) on 31st January.— [Vol. 757, c. 366.]

Mr. Wingfield Digby

The right hon. Gentleman talked about a further statement. Is he aware of the urgency of this problem? The shipbuilding industry has received many inquiries. It is necessary for it to quote fixed prices, taking into account the price of steel. This is urgent.

Mr. Marsh

Of course, it is urgent. This is why the Steel Corporation entered into immediate discussions, and the Press announcement after its December meeting, which was agreed by both the shipowners and the Steel Corporation. said that both sides found the meeting constructive and looked forward to continuing discussions. I think that the hon. Gentleman is exaggerating their anxieties.