HC Deb 12 November 1964 vol 701 c104W
51. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will state the volume of orders in British shipyards during each of the last 10 years for each shipyard; and what are his plans for further financial assistance to keep busy those yards in need of a renewal of State help.

Mr. Mason

Figures of orders for individual shipyards are confidential, but the total new orders received by the British shipbuilding industry during the last ten years were as follows:

Gross tons
1954 634,000
1955 2,328,000
1956 2,475,000
1957 1,679,000
1958 497,000
1959 319,000
1960 627,000
1961 748,000
1962 610,000
1963 1,523,000

I am making a complete re-appraisal of the shipbuilding industry and this will take some time.

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