Shipbuilding, Blyth

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th February 1962.

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Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth 12:00 am, 13th February 1962

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Government order can now be expected by Blyth shipyard in view of the scheduling of the town as a development district under the Local Employment Act.

Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth

When tenders for Government contracts are of equal merit, preference is given to firms in areas listed as development districts. Firms at Blyth will thus qualify for preference under this scheme.

Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth

Is not the Minister aware that, while it is important to direct new industries to a development district, it is equally important to keep the industries in the area going? While we are grateful to him for his Answer, my I point out that this is a shipyard that is adapting itself both in management and men to modern conditions?

Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth

I hope that the hon. Gentleman has noticed that among the Supplementary Estimates recently presented to Parliament was one for nearly £4 million under the Local Employment Act.