§ Mr. Grylls
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what is his policy towards reduction on shipbuilding capacity in the United Kingdom and in particular EEC instrument (2554) R/3216/77; what is his view on the proposed Committee on Shipbuilding; and who will represent the United Kingdom on this committee.
§ Mr. Kaufman
It is the Government's policy to maintain the maximum shipbuilding capacity compatible with the order situation. The proposal to establish a committee is but one aspect of the Commission's proposals for a Community policy for the shipbuilding industry which are still under discussion. The question of appointing a United Kingdom representative does not therefore yet arise.