Public Expenditure

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th March 1979.

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Photo of Sir John Cope Sir John Cope , Gloucestershire South 12:00 am, 9th March 1979

I am not quite clear what the hon. Gentleman is proposing for Falmouth Shiprepair Ltd. He will recall that those docks were voluntarily acquired by the nationalised shipbuilding concern because it was thought at the time that they could be revived and made profitable. Now British Shipbuilders say that the docks cannot be made profitable, which is why they are to be closed, though a certain amount of care and maintenance is being continued there. Which aspect of the Falmouth closure does the hon. Gentleman disagree with, and what are his proposals for Falmouth?