§ Mr. Benn
The new Offshore Tripartite Committee which met for the first time on 24th February is currently seeking ways of ensuring continuity of employment in all sectors of the offshore industry, including Laing Offshore, at Graythorp. The Committee will naturally do all it can to alleviate the problems caused by the present hiatus in platform ordering, but no additional work for any platform or module fabrication yard has yet arisen as a result of the work of the Committee. The management at Graythorp has indicated that the present work force of around 1,750 will be reduced to about 500 on completion of the present platform order in July 1976 if further work is not secured for the yard.
§ Mr. Gordon Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many modules for platforms were ordered in 1975; and of these how many were ordered from locations in Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and abroad.