HC Deb 22 January 1973 vol 849 c28
21. Mr. R. C. Mitchell

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he has completed his consideration of the matters raised at his meeting on 7th November with representatives of the Southampton ship-repair industry; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Chataway

As was announced to the House on 21st December, my Department is commissioning consultants to carry out a study of the United Kingdom ship-repair industry.—[Vol. 848, c. 446–7.]

Mr. Mitchell

When does the Minister expect to receive the report of that study? Is he aware of the special and immediate problems facing the ship-repair industry in Southampton, and will he ensure that any remedy his consultants suggest is not too late for Southampton?

Mr. Chataway

Certainly we will ensure that no time is wasted. We shall have the report by late May or early June.

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