HC Deb 12 March 1958 vol 584 cc57-8W
80. Mr. Awbery

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty, in view of the closure of certain naval shore establishments and the need to provide work on the spot for those who have lost their employment, what further consideration he has now given to the possibility of commercial work being taken on by these establishments, in particular, ship-repairing work.

Mr. T. G. D. Galbraith

There is no question of the Admiralty undertaking commercial work in those naval shore

disabled register at the same time, whether included or excluded from the total of registered unemployed.

Mr. Iain Macleod

The following Table gives the information desired. The figures for 17th February, which have now become available, are also given.

establishments which are to be closed. The way to replace naval by commercial work at these establishments is therefore to encourage suitable industrial concerns to take them over, and it is to this that my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade, and my noble Friend, are directing their energies. We will give the fullest consideration to any and every inquiry.