HC Deb 23 February 1978 vol 944 c791W
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.