§ 27. Mr. Willey
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will make a statement on the publication of the Booz-Allen Report on shipbuilding.
§ Mr. Willey
Is the Minister aware that in Sunderland we are greatly encouraged not only by the dramatic upturn in shipbuilding orders but also by winning the Football Association Cup? Meanwhile the basic problems of shipbuilding remain, and the sooner we get down to discussing the Booz-Allen proposals the better.
§ Dame Irene Ward
Does the fairly long delay in publication of the Booz-Allen Report mean that it will be of great benefit to shipbuilders, especially those on the North-East Coast?
§ Mr. Douglas
Does the hon. Gentleman concede that the delay in respect of this report is particularly harmful to the United Kingdom's chances of entering the market for highly technological ships like liquefied natural gas carriers? When are we likely to have the report and a decision on it?
Mr. Edward Taylor
In relation to Clyde and Govan Shipbuilders, does my hon. Friend agree that over the past year considerable progress has been made in industrial relations and in output and that we are doing very well? Will he take an early opportunity to tell the House what has happened, in view of the amount of taxpayers' money invested there?
§ Mr. Heffer
I hope that the hon. Gentleman will look not only at shipbuilding but also at the allied question of ship repairing, in which there is a real crisis in some parts of the country, especially Merseyside. Incidentally, although Sunderland has won the Cup, Liverpool has won the League. We are still very concerned about this problem. Can the Minister tell us that this aspect is being looked into carefully?
§ Rev. Ian Paisley
Is the Undersecretary aware of the very serious situation that has arisen in Belfast in regard 34 to the shipbuilding industry? In view of the amount of Government money invested in the Belfast shipyard, will he make a statement about the serious crisis there today?