HC Deb 06 November 1959 vol 612 cc85-6W
Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that British ships under construction in British yards in the second quarter of 1959 showed a decline of 215,000 tons from the previous quarter, that the tonnage commenced in the second quarter of 1959 was the lowest for any quarter since World War II, and that this slump is increasing and threatens Great Britain with serious unemployment in the shipbuilding, ship repairing and associated industries; and if he will formulate the Government's plan to avert this contingency.

Mr. Marples

I would refer the hon. Member to the Answer I gave on 4th November to the Questions asked on this same subject by the hon. Members for Sunderland, South (Mr. P. Williams), Jarrow (Mr. Fernyhough), and Govan (Mr. Rankin).

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