HC Deb 31 January 1977 vol 925 cc10-1W
19. Mr. Higgins

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will give an assurance that any advantage given to Polish buyers under the Anglo-Polish trade deal announced on 16th December 1976 will be equally available to British companies ordering ships in United Kingdom yards.

Mr. Varley

We intend to conclude the deal on a strictly commercial basis. If a United Kingdom owner were to come to us with proposals for placing an order of this size and importance my Department and the Organising Committee for British Shipbuilders would be very ready to discuss with him the most appropriate way of financing it.