§ Mr. Hannam
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what steps are being taken to encourage British firms engaged in the manufacture of oil rigs.
§ Mr. Gray
The Government continue to encourage the maximum involvement of British manufacturers in the development of the United Kingdom continental shelf through its full and fair opportunity policy. This policy has been endorsed by successive Governments.
In addition, British Shipbuilders has recently announced its intention to form an offshore division to pursue opportunities in the market for exploration oil rigs.