§ Sir Patrick Wall
asked the Secretary of State for Industry if Her Majesty's Government will give financial assistance for the replacement of the "Atlantic Conveyor" to enable it to be built in a British shipyard.
§ Mr. Butcher
The Government already provide considerable assistance to British Shipbuilders. Since coming to office they have advanced sums approaching £600 million to the corporation. However, discussions are taking place with Cunard about possible ways of closing the price gap between British Shipbuilders' offer and its competitors' bids.