§ Mr. Dempsey
asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he will make a statement on the Government-assisted purchase by the British National Oil Corporation of a drilling rig from the Marathon Shipbuilding Company (UK) Limited.
§ Mr. Skeet
asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he intended giving a specific direction to BNOC to place an order for a new class Rig 385 deep water jacket so as to maintain work at Marathon's yard in Clydebank before the corporation found a buyer for the rig; and what would be the estimated cost.
§ Dr. J. Dickson Mabon
A statement on the BNOC purchase of a jack-up rig from Marathon will be issued in due course.