19/12/01 Shipbuilding

Westminster Hall Debate on Shipbuilding
19th December 2001
Given that this country is an island, it may not be surprising to learn that shipbuilding has been one of our main industries for many centuries. This country built its standing through its naval strength and its merchant trade throughout the world. Although times have changed, ships are still a necessity in Britain and the world. Someone once said, “If you wish to see the future, then look at the past.” If anyone does not understand that saying, it means that history has a way of repeating itself. In this case, I certainly hope that it is true. In today’s debate, I want to consider the need for shipbuilding in general, why we in Britain need to build ships, the impact of current Government policy and the direction in which it should go.

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