§ Mr. Kirk
The establishment of a Royal Dockyard Policy Board has now been completed. It willconsider and advise on management policies for achieving the best use of the finance, material and human resources available to the Royal Dockyards for the performance of their task".We have been fortunate in securing the agreement of Sir Henry Benson, G.B.E., F.C.A., of Cooper Brothers and Company, and Mr. Richard O'Brien of Delta Metal Company Limited, to serve as members of this Board. The remaining members will be senior naval and civilian officers serving in the Ministry of Defence. I will be taking the chair myself.
§ Dr. David Owen
I welcome the decision to continue the previous Administration's decision to appoint a dockyard board and also the appointment of two gentlemen who have great experience of the Royal Dockyards. Will the hon. Gentleman still consider the possibility of hiving off the dockyards to give them a greater degree of independence from the central defence mechanism, and possibly consider going towards a single dockyard budget which can be presented to the House of Commons so that we can see the financial disciplines of the dockyards hived off from the central defence mechanism?