§ 38. Mr. Blenkinsop
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will make a statement on the policy of Her Majesty's Government regarding the Geddes Report on Shipbuilding.
§ Mr. Mason
The Government accept the recommendation in this Report that those concerned in the industry should be allowed until the end of June to consider the Report as a whole and to let us know their views before final decisions are taken about the form of any Government assistance. In the meantime I am closely in touch with both sides of the industry. When the Report was published my right hon. Friend made it clear that the Government welcomed the Report as providing a constructive basis for studying the action required to secure the industry's future, and would be prepared to play their part, broadly along the lines indicated in the Report, in promoting the changes proposed, if the others were prepared to play theirs.