Oral Answers to Questions — Offshore Oil (Production Platforms)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd May 1976.

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Photo of Mr Eric Heffer Mr Eric Heffer , Liverpool, Walton 12:00 am, 3rd May 1976

Is my right hon. Friend aware that some of the most highly skilled labour that can be used on the production of these platforms is in the areas with the highest unemployment, such as shipbuilding areas and in the construction industry areas, such as Merseyside? Will my right hon. Friend take that into consideration, because the work can be done and the skill is available? During the war the Mulberry harbours proved that the technical abilities were there. It is a question of getting on with the job and persuading companies to use existing labour.