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Naval Dockyards

Volume 76: debated on Wednesday 3 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the number of naval dockyard employees during the period covering April to June 1982, July 1982 to December 1982, the whole of 1983 and 1984, respectively; and on what factors he has based his proposal to initiate a scheme of privatisation of the remaining naval dockyards.

During the periods in question the average numbers of civilian employees in the royal dockyards were as follows:

April-June 198229,638
July-December 198228,820
January-December 198327,038
January-December 198424,159
We are at present considering possible future arrangements for managing the royal dockyards. No decisions have yet been taken. A wide range of factors are involved, including national security and the need to ensure that the taxpayer receives best value for money.