HC Deb 11 May 1988 vol 133 c155W
91. Ms. Quin

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he last discussed shipbuilding within the European Community's Council of Ministers; and what was the content of the discussions.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

I last discussed shipbuilding matters in the Council of Ministers in December 1987. The topic was the Renaval programme of assistance to regions affected by the Community-wide decline in merchant shipbuilding. At that meeting I pressed hard for rapid progress to be made on the scheme. Detailed negotiations are continuing.