§ Mr. Blackburn
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty upon what principles membership of the Shipbuilding Advisory Committee is granted to representatives or nominees of trade unions and professional associations; and whether his attention has been drawn to the rejection, without reason given, of an application by the Institution of Professional Civil Servants for representation on this Committee.
§ Mr. W. Edwards
The approved composition of the Shipbuilding Advisory Committee was stated in the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Minister for Transport to my hon. Friend the Member for Everton (Mr. Kirby) on 27th June, 1946. The three unions represented are those of the employees of the shipbuilding and shipowning industries respectively. The Institution of Professional Civil Servants, in reply to a request for representation in December last, were informed that the Admiralty saw no sufficient reason for altering the approved constitution of the Committee. This is still the Admiralty's view.