§ Mr. Bishop
asked the Minister of Technology if he is aware of the concern among the workers of Short Brothers and Harland concerning the future of the company; what is Her Majesty's Government's policy regarding their holding in the company; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Benn
Yes. But the forward work programme is now clear and a financial reconstruction of the Company is being worked out. The company can then look forward to a soundly based future. The Rohr Corporation has expressed an interest in acquiring a holding in Shorts. If a firm proposal materialises, the Government will consider its implications carefully, having regard to the long term interests of the company.