HC Deb 21 February 1979 vol 963 cc235-6W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will identify the company set up by the British National Oil Corporation and the British Gas Corporation to order a drilling rig from Marathon Shipbuilding (United Kingdom) Ltd. and the type of rig envisaged.

Mr. Gregor MacKenzie

I have been asked to reply. Detailed arrangements for the formation of this company are still being discussed. Meanwhile the British National Oil Corporation has, on behalf of the parties concerned, been attempting to negotiate an order with Marathon Shipbuilders (UK) Ltd. for a type 116 jack-up drilling rig.