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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 17th June 1982.

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Photo of Mr Robert Brown Mr Robert Brown , Newcastle upon Tyne West 3:30 pm, 17th June 1982

Has the Leader of the House seen early-day motion 541?

[That this House is gravely concerned at the news that, after the strong, warm and deserved congratulations expressed to the Forces, and the many shipbuilding and dockyard workers for their unselfish efforts during the Falklands crisis together with the deep sorrow at the loss of many men and ships, including the 'Atlantic Conveyor', the Cunard Line are considering placing an order for the replacement of the 'Atlantic Conveyor' with a Japanese shipyard; believes that this is a strange and unpatriotic way of rewarding the workers of this country for theirrecent efforts and further notes with alarm the Minister's recent reply indicating that Her Majesty's Government who undoubtedly will be paying compensation for the loss of the 'Atlantic Conveyor', are not prepared to take any action to ensure that this order is placed in British shipyards but prefer instead to reward foreign shipyards with work when British workers' great efforts in getting HMS 'Illustrious' to sea in record time are to be rewarded by further redundancies.]

Does he agree that to allow the replacement for the "Atlantic Conveyor" to be built in a Japanese yard would be a gross betrayal of the brave merchantmen who lost their lives or were wounded when that ship was sunk? Does he further agree that it would also be a betrayal of Tyneside workers who have worked themselves out of a job to get HMS "Illustrious" ready for the Falklands, if need be?