HC Deb 11 May 1972 vol 836 c414W
52. Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to what extent the recently announced statement on financial aid to Harland and Wolff Limited will be affected in the event of Great Britain's entry into the European Economic Community; whether, under present terms of entry, Her Majesty's Government will be enabled to offer financial aid and subsidies to this and other shipbuilding companies without reference to or the agreement of the Community; and whether he will make £ statement.

Mr. Anthony Grant:

Financial aid already announced to Harland and Wolff will not be affected by entry into the EEC. The future extent to which the Government would or would not be able to aid the shipbuilding industry will depend on what relevant Community provisions are in force at the time.