§ Mr. Kinnock
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what was the total in gross tons of new orders by United King 688W dom shipowners in 1977 and up to the latest available date in 1978 and the total new orders given by United Kingdom ship-owners to United Kingdom yards in 1977 and 1978; and what were the amounts in compensated gross tons.
§ Mr. Les Huckfield
Information on new orders of merchant ships for United Kingdom registration is as follows:
ORDERS OF MERCHANT SHIPS FOR UNITED KINGDOM REGISTRATION 1977 1978 January to September Total orders: ('000 grt) 434 153 ('000 cgrt) 514 144 Orders placed in United Kingdom shipyards: (000 grt) 351 74 (000'cgrt) 408 60