§ 22. Mr. Wingfield Digby
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress is being made in increasing Great Britain's share of orders for oil rigs and tenders.
§ Mr. Anthony Grant
A specialist builder of mobile rigs was established at Clydebank last year and in the field of supply vessels there is encouraging evidence that the United Kingdom shipbuilding industry is now taking greater advantage of the North Sea market.
§ Mr. Wingfield Digby
Is not that answer still disappointing? In view of the increasing importance of North Sea oil to us, will not my hon. Friend take the initiative again with engineering and shipbuilding firms in this matter?
§ Mr. Douglas
May we have some indication of any company in the United Kingdom, with the exception of Marathon, capable of building semi-submersible drilling rigs? What is the Department's present facility for evaluating designs for production platforms and drilling rigs?