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 Michael Heseltine Mr Michael Heseltine The Secretary of State for Defence 3:45 pm, 23rd July 1985

The hon. Gentleman is fully aware that the private sector responded just as magnificently as the public sector when we had to face the Falklands crisis. As I said to the right hon. Member for Llanelli (Mr. Davies), it is nothing short of scandalous to believe that the Admiralty Board would put the interests of private contractors above Britain's defence interests.