HC Deb 04 July 1975 vol 894 cc1857-8
The Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. Robert Mellish)

With permission, Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a short statement.

The business on the Adjournment announced for Tuesday, 8th July 1975

Question accordingly agreed to.

Mr. Spearing

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The effect of the motion which the House has carried is that we have one-and-a-half hours for the shipbuilding debate and that it may proceed until at the latest 5.30 p.m. I have given notice to the Department of Industry of a matter which has been brought to my attention.

The explanatory memorandum on the shipbuilding Document R/1362/75 states that it provides for the elimination of shipbuilding subsidies by the end of 1975, but a report in the Business News section of The Times of yesterday by Mr. David Cross writing from Brussels states that Under the terms of a new agreement in principle reached by officials to the Nine in Brussels, direct State aids to shipyards will continue at their present level until the end of 1977 at least.

is being arranged to allow for three debates, each of about two hours. The subjects will be the Sharman Group of newspapers, the plight of voluntary organizations, and arms sales.

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