§ 12 Mr. Willey
asked the Minister of Technology what progress has been made regarding the merger of Wear shipyards.
§ Mr. Willey
The last time I asked this question I was assured that the Department was hopeful of a rapid solution. As things do not appear to be moving very rapidly, will my right hon Friend again consider whether it would not be advantageous for him to intervene directly to try to end this deadlock?
§ Mr. Benn
I understand my right hon. Friend's anxiety—which, as he knows, I share—but the object of the Shipbuilding Industry Act was to invite the Board to negotiate with the purchasers themselves. I should be very reluctant to intervene but I shall consider very carefully what my right hon. Friend has said.