HC Deb 13 March 1980 vol 980 cc645-6W
Mr. Robert Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what progress has been made in the discussions with the petroleum industry with regard to the underwater training centre; and what the management arrangements for the centre will be after 30 June.

Mr. Jim Lester

Discussions between officials of the Department of Energy and representatives of the petroleum industry and the offshore diving contractors concerning financial support for the underwater training centre are still continuing. I am advised by my hon. Friend the Minister of State for Energy that he expects to receive proposals shortly.

Any decision to 'change the present management arrangements for the centre will be taken after careful consideration of the industry's proposals.