HC Deb 19 March 2002 vol 382 cc176-7W
12. John Robertson

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps she is taking to implement the recommendations of the report of the Clyde shipbuilding taskforce. [41525]

Mr. Foulkes

One of the key recommendations identified by the work of the Clyde Shipyards Task Force involves the promotion of Clydeside's case in securing new export orders. I am taking forward this activity on two fronts. Firstly, in liaison with the MOD's Defence Exports Services Organisation (DESO), identifying appropriate opportunities for Scotland Office involvement in promoting active campaigns on behalf of Clydeside. Secondly, in discussion with the relevant interested parties, on developing trading opportunities, specifically relating to warship building, in key geographical markets. I will write to my hon. Friend with further details once available and place a copy in the Library of the House.