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Orders of the Day — European Community (Shipbuilding)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th July 1975.

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Photo of Gerald Kaufman Gerald Kaufman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Industry) 12:00 am, 4th July 1975

I have not had the benefit of seeing the report in The Scotsman, which could only be superior to the report in The Times. If the report in The Scotsman chimes in with that in The Times but in a lengthier version, I fear that it will be as inaccurate as that which has appeared in The Times.

As hon. Members will be aware, the Scrutiny Committee has recommended that the EEC Directive on Aids to Shipbuilding should he debated on the Floor of the House. Those hon. Members who are familiar with the Commission's earlier proposals a year or so ago and with the points we raised at the time will, I am sure, agree that the text we have before us today meets most of our objections. But as the House will know, the Government are deeply concerned about the serious over capacity situation, the declining orders in the international market for ships and the implications for the future of shipbuilding in this country. I, therefore, welcome this opportunity to hear hon. Members' views and to explain why we are recommending that the directive should be adopted.