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"Sir Frederick Russell" (Refit)

Volume 979: debated on Monday 25 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what inquiries he has made into Belgian Government subsidies to the Belgian shipbuilding industry in the light of the decision to refit the vessel "Sir Frederick Russell" in a Belgian shipyard.

The Belgian authorities have confirmed in response to an inquiry by Department of Industry officials that no production subsidies are given to the Belgian shipbuilding industry either generally or for this particular contract. I understand that credit is not involved.