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Continental Shipyards (Minister's Visit)

Volume 648: debated on Wednesday 8 November 1961

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asked the Minister of Transport whether he will make a statement about his recent visits to continental shipyards; and whether Her Majesty's Government will provide the same long-term loans as competitors overseas.

The Parliamentary Secretary and I visited a number of shipyards on the continent in order to learn at first hand about conditions there. What impressed us most was the good relations between management and men. We obtained no evidence that the Governments in the countries concerned give long-term loans to the shipyards.