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.
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?
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.