§ Mr. Woodall
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what was the total in gross tons of new orders by United Kingdom shipowners in the first nine months of 1977 and the total of new orders given by United Kingdom shipowners to United Kingdom shipyards.
§ Mr. Les Huckfield
During the first nine months of 1977 new orders for merchant vessels for United Kingdom registration amounted to 334,000 gross tons. Of this, 330,000 gross tons, about 99 per cent. of the total, were placed with United Kingdom shipyards.