A giant British shipbuilding consortium, the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders in Scotland, has today (June 14) appointed a liquidator after running out of money.
GV & MV PAN Cardiff and Clyde-class ships in the Clyde dockyards (3 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT TO GV ship "Norse Marshall"
MV water TILT UP TO LV Cardiff-class ship
GVs dockyard activity (3 shots)
CU Interviewer talking to Minister of Trade John Davies
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 5): INTERVIEWER: "How do you see the future of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders and of the 7 1/2-thousands jobs?
MR. JOHN DAVIES: "I don't see any future for Upper Clyde Shipbuilders as such. I made that clear today. I think if we get the right kind of help from the liquidator; from the work-force; from people who have the interests of the shipbuilding on the Clyde at heart; and from people who can see that these concerns can be turned round into being good concerns; then we might do a real good job."
INTERVIEWER: "Mr. Davies, your critics say that what you've done today -- you've condemned the jobs of thirty-odd-thousand people."
MR. DAVIES: "On the contrary, I think that's nonsense if I may say so, and simply provocative -- trying to create a situation which doesn't exist. On the contrary, it seems to me hat what I've done is to try and provide for a sound future for a lot of jobs on the Clyde which otherwise, one day or other, would have just gone out."
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Background: A giant British shipbuilding consortium, the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders in Scotland, has today (June 14) appointed a liquidator after running out of money. This move, which reportedly threatens thousands of jobs, comes after desperate attempts to get five million pounds (sterling) from the Conservative Government. But the Government, following an investigation, today refused after pointing out that the consortium had already lost 20-million pounds given to it by the former Labour Government. The shipyards, where such liners as the Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Elizabeth II were built, is the second large industrial concern which the Government has refused to help this year. In February, the engineering firm of Rolls Royce crashed and a liquidator was appointed to take control of the company. Workers at the Clyde shipyards, meanwhile, have threatened to take over the docks if the Government continues to refuse help.
The first part of this film shows scenes of work in progress at the shipyards, and has a voice-over-film commentary FOR GUIDANCE ONLY. It should be held under the VISNEWS written commentary, and sound only brought up for the interview with Trade Minister Mr. John Davies in the second part of the film. a transcript of the interview is included on this page.