§ Mr. Brian Parkyn
asked the Minister of Technology whether he is aware that the Loewy Robertson plant shortly to be closed down in Bedford by Tube Investments Limited following the merger with Davy-Ashmore has some of the most modern machine tools in Europe; and what action he intends to take to ensure that this equipment does not remain idle.
§ Mr. Benn
I am aware that the Loewy Robertson factory at Bedford was well equipped with machinery for steel works plant production. The merger with Davy-Ashmore Limited should strengthen the industry by bringing together available design, engineering and marketing resources to meet strong international competition for limited home and overseas orders. I understand that Tube Investments Limited are considering the use to which the factory and its equipment should be put after the merger has been completed.