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Shipbuilding (Steel Allocation)

Volume 446: debated on Tuesday 27 January 1948

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what effect it is estimated the proposed reduction in the allocation of steel to the shipbuilding industry will have on the number of workers employed in the Wear shipyards.

There is no reduction in the allocation of steel to the shipbuilding industry. I am not in a position to state how the deliveries of steel to the Wear shipyards in 1948 will compare with the quantities which those shipyards actually received in 1947, and cannot therefore estimate what might be the effect on the numbers of workers for whom employment in the Wear shipyards will be available.