asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he will make a statement on steel allocations to Tyneside in order to ensure that the shipyards and ship-repairing yards are kept fully employed.
I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to the hon. Member for Sunderland North (Mr. F. Willey) on 4th February.
May I have an assurance that my hon. Friend appreciates the importance of maintaining shipping and ship-building as part of our national assets and that we shall never be faced with a shortage of steel for this essential industry?
I regret that I can give no assurance on his point, but I hope that the curtailment of the industry necessitated by the shortage of steel will be only temporary.