§ 43. Mr. P. Williams
asked the Minister of Transport how many shipbuilding orders, and of what total tonnage, were placed in British yards during 1961; and how this compares with 1959 and 1960.
The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport (Vice-Admiral John Hughes Hallett)
In 1961 183 vessels of 887,000 gross tons were ordered from United Kingdom shipyards, and orders for 18 vessels of 198,000 gross tons were cancelled. In 1960, 232 vessels were ordered totalling 558,000 gross tons and orders for 24 vessels of 228,000 gross tons were cancelled. In 1959 there were orders for 185 vessels of 319,000 gross tons and orders for 21 vessels of 314,000 gross tons were cancelled.