Orders of the Day — Shipbuilding (Northern Ireland)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:03 am on 26th July 1982.

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Photo of Hon. Adam Butler Hon. Adam Butler , Bosworth 1:03 am, 26th July 1982

The right hon. Gentleman is right to correct me. As I said, I am pointing no fingers in this matter. It happens that the facilities at Harland and Wolff are excellent for that purpose. However, there is no reason why it should not, if it so chose, tender for smaller vessels. It follows that because the facilities are specially designed for larger ships, it will carry some additional on-cost if it turns its hand to the smaller vessels. It must judge the balance between the metal work and outfitting as usual. That is a choice that the yard itself will have to make. It is in the context of the intervention fund that the Commission has agreed that vessels over 100,000 tonnes deadweight should attract the higher rate of support.