Upper Clyde Shipyards

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th April 1972.

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Photo of Mr Dick Douglas Mr Dick Douglas , Clackmannan and East Stirlingshire 12:00 am, 24th April 1972

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a further statement on developments relating to the future of the yards in the Upper Clyde.

Photo of Sir Peter Emery Sir Peter Emery , Honiton

Mr. Harbin of the Marathon Manufacturing Company has agreed to come to London for further discussions about his company's possible acquisition of the Clydebank yard and will be meeting tomorrow my right hon. Friend the Minister for Industrial Development.

Photo of Mr Dick Douglas Mr Dick Douglas , Clackmannan and East Stirlingshire

I welcome that reply. Can we have an assurance from the Minister that the top management of Govan Shipbuilders is not likely to undergo further changes and that the disquieting Press reports about Mr. Kenneth Douglas can be denied and that he will give full-time attention to stabilising employment in Govan Shipbuilders Ltd.?

Photo of Sir Peter Emery Sir Peter Emery , Honiton

The Government will take all possible steps within the existing powers to encourage the purchase of the yard. This is what hon. Members on both sides want. I assure the House that my right hon. Friend the Minister for Industrial Development has given, is giving, and will continue to give every consideration to this matter.

Photo of Mr Jock Bruce-Gardyne Mr Jock Bruce-Gardyne , South Angus

Can my hon. Friend assure the House that full details of any agreement which may be reached with Mr. Harbin of the Marathon Manufacturing Company will be placed in the Library of the House, including full details of monitoring procedure for any sums provided to that company?

Photo of Sir Peter Emery Sir Peter Emery , Honiton

I will certainly draw that question to the attention of my right hon. Friend. Obviously some of this may be commercial information, and there are problems which might arise in that regard. I will consider the matter fully.