§ 58. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Minister of Technology what financial assistance is available from public funds for the shipbuilding and ship-repairing industry in Aberdeen; and how much of it was credited and paid for that purpose during each of the last 10 years.
§ Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu
Assistance for shipbuilding reorganisation is available under the Shipbuilding Industry Act, 1967, but there is no specific statutory provision for assistance to the ship-repairing industry. I understand that Aberdeen shipbuilders have not applied for reorganisation loans and grants from the Shipbuilding Industry Board but one of the companies is building ships whose financing has been arranged under guarantees given by my right hon. Friend under the Shipbuilding Industry Act. My right hon. Friend has also provided a grant under the Local Employment Acts for the construction of a pontoon dock at Aberdeen which is used by local ship repairers.