Is the Minister of State aware that his reply will cause great concern in the shipbuilding industry? Is he aware just how much the industry has benefited from the two years of stability which this scheme has provided? In arriving at this decision, did he take into account the fact that the shipbuilding industry provides a great deal of employment in areas of high unemployment and that in the west of Scotland alone more than 70 per cent. of families depend, directly or indirectly, on this industry? Will he, therefore, review this decision?
We are fully aware of the concern which is felt in the shipbuilding industry over the running down of orders following the end of the Shipbuilding Credit Scheme. There is a fair volume of orders still within the industry and this will give us time to make a full appraisal of the fundamental problems facing the industry. That is the practical survey which I am now carrying out.