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Court Line

Volume 885: debated on Tuesday 28 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry for what activities other than shipbuilding, ship repairing and marine

CompanyPrincipal BusinessNumber of employees
Appledore Constructions Ltd.No longer trading
Seemark Switches Ltd.No longer trading
R. Harris & Son (Builders) Ltd.Building and contracting270
R. Harris & Son (Concrete) Ltd.Now merged with Devon Concrete Works Ltd.
R. Harris & Son (Plant Hire) Ltd.Lorry hire and maintenance10
Devon Concrete Works Ltd.Pre-cast concrete blocks80
Warethorn Properties Ltd.Now merged with R. Harris & Son (Builders) Ltd.
Lintsgress Ltd.Investment company
K & L Marine Equipment Ltd.Hydraulic engineering130
North East Coast Contractors Ltd.Building and civil engineering contractors10
Sunderland Magnetic Ltd.Computer bureau and printing services40
The Sunderland Forge & Engineering Co. Ltd.Shipbuilding and engineering products660
Wolsingham Steel Co. Ltd.Steel castings410
I expect these companies will continue to trade commercially as "going concerns".

asked the Secretary of State for Industry by what means public control is being exercised over the management of the former Court Line activities which are nationalised; and what procedure exists for the monitoring of plans and performance.

The relationship between my Department and the former Court Line shipbuilding companies was defined in formal letters to them dated 19th September 1974. The companies accepted the terms of these letters. My Department receives regular financial and production information to enable it to monitor progress. This is supplemented by frequent meetings between officials and representatives of the various companies.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry how many of the main board directors of the Court Line holding company at the time of its collapse are now publicly employed following the nationalisation of part of the group's activities.

engineering he is responsible as a result of the nationalisation of part of the Court Line group; how many employees are engaged in such activities; and what are his plans for the future of those activities

The following companies, which are not directly involved in shipbuilding, ship repairing and marine engineering but which are subsidiaries of such companies, were acquired from the former Court Line Group and are now my responsibility:

The five members of the main board of Court Line Ltd. who were also directors of Court Line's shipbuilding and ship repairing interests continue to be employed at Appledore Shipbuilders Ltd., Sunderland Shipbuilders Ltd., and North East Coast Shiprepairers Ltd.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what changes have been made in the management of the former Court Line shipbuilding and repairing activities following its nationalisation.

At the time the former shipbuilding and ship-repairing activities of Court Line were brought into public ownership, resignations were received from those non-executive directors of the three main companies who did not hold executive directorships in other companies acquired. Three of the shipbuilding directors also resigned from the board of North East Coast Shiprepairers Ltd., whose board was strengthened by two internal promotions.