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Shipbuilding (Steel Plate)

Volume 530: debated on Monday 19 July 1954

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asked the Minister of Supply whether he is now satisfied with the supply of steel plate to the shipbuilding and shiprepairing industries.

The production of steel plate in Britain has been running at a somewhat higher rate this year than in the corresponding period of last year. The recent mechanical breakdown at the Consett Iron Company's works is causing a small fall in output, but it is expected that this will soon be remedied. Generally speaking, it can, I think, be said that available supplies of steel plate are now sufficient to meet the current needs of the shipbuilding and shiprepairing industries.