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British Shipbuilders

Volume 984: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he will announce the name of the new chairman of British Shipbuilders.

Mr. Robert Atkinson, executive chairman of Aurora Holdings Ltd., has accepted my invitation to succeed Admiral Sir Anthony Griffin on 1 July. The appointment will be full time and for three and a half years. Mr. Atkinson has told me that he would like to make a start with British Shipbuilders as soon as possible and I am therefore appointing him as a part-time member of the board for one month from 1 June.Mr. Atkinson's appointment will be on the basis of secondment from Aurora. He will continue as part-time chairman of Aurora Holdings.I would like to express my warm thanks to Admiral Griffin for his valuable service as chairman over the first three years of British Shipbuilders' existence and before that as chairman of the Organising Committee.