§ Mr. Younger
asked the Secretary of State for Energy if, pursuant to his answer of 11 July 1978, Official Report, column 499, he will give the latest available figures for the British contribution to the provision of goods and services for the exploitation of North Sea oil and gasfields.
§ Mr. Benn
Final figures for the year 1978 have not yet been established: as soon as the information is available it will be announced to the House. Provisional indications are that the total value of orders for the United Kingdom continental shelf placed in 1978 was more than £1½ billion and the United Kingdom share is expected to be rather better than the 62 per cent, secured in 1977.