§ 51. Mr. Shinwell
asked the Minister of Technology what representations he has received from firms engaged in the shipbuilding industry about the effect of increased steel prices on their competitive position; and what reply he has sent.
§ Mr. Benn
The Shipbuilding and Ship-repairing Council as well as representatives of both sides of the industry have expressed their concern to me about the effect of future steel prices on their competitive position. I have discussed the problem with representatives from the industry and have noted their views.