HC Deb 22 February 1968 vol 759 cc174-5W
66. Mr. George Jeger

asked the Minister of Technology whether he is aware of the unfavourable competitive position of the shipyards outside development areas; and whether he will give consideration to the treatment of shipbuilding by the Government as an essential industry irrespective of its geographical location.

Mr. Fowler

I am aware of the position of shipyards outside Development areas. I am not convinced that the shipbuilding industry should be treated differently from others in respect of the Government's regional policy.