HC Deb 06 November 1978 vol 957 c66W
Mr. Wm. Ross

asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many foreign flag tankers are now under charter to the British National Oil Corporation, for what purposes they have been chartered; what are the tonnages of the vessels involved; under which flags they sail; if British seamen will be employed on them; if tenders were sought in respect of British-owned tankers for the work involved; and if it is intended to extend the use of foreign vessels by the British National Oil Corporation.

Dr. Mabon

The chartering of vessels is a matter for the corporation and I will ask the chairman to write to the hon. Member. I understand that, in making charter arrangements, the corporation endeavours, within the technical, commercial and other constraints which apply, to use British tonnage.

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