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Volume 644: debated on Wednesday 12 July 1961

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asked the Minister of Transport what recent researches his Department has made into shipbuilding science designed to ensure that British shipbuilding yards maintain their supremacy over competing foreign shipyards.

The responsibility for shipbuilding research rests primarily on the shipbuilders. The research of the individual companies is coordinated by the British Shipbuilding Research Association, to which the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research makes a substantial grant. I am satisfied that the Association has access to, and receives appropriate aid from, Government research establishments which can make a contribution to its work.