Royal Dockyards (Devonport and Rosyth)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:45 pm on 23rd July 1985.

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Photo of Mr Patrick Duffy Mr Patrick Duffy , Sheffield, Attercliffe 3:45 pm, 23rd July 1985

The Secretary of State claims widespread support for the significant change that is proposed. Is he aware that the relevant trade unions are on record as saying that they are not opposed to change provided that it takes place in the proper consultative atmosphere? He has said also that the problems of Rosyth would be small and shortlived. Is he not minimising, and therefore jeopardising, the maintenance programme of the ballistic nuclear force? Is he sure that his proposals will not impair the Navy's flexibility to cope with emergency work, which was so admirably demonstrated at the time of the Falklands crisis?