§ Mr. Bagier
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what Government assistance was sought by European Ferries to seek to place its order for two new ferries with British shipyards; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Butcher
No request for assistance has been made to my Department by European Ferries in respect of its requirement for two new ferries. My Department does assist British shipyards by way of the shipbuilding intervention fund to enable yards to offer owners attractive contract prices.