§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will explain the basis upon which his Department calculates the figures for the United Kingdom share of orders placed on the United Kingdom continental shelf.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
The figures for the United Kingdom share of orders placed on the United Kingdom continental shelf are based on data collated from returns supplied by each operator under a voluntary arrangement agreed with the United Kingdom Offshore Operators Association.
The United Kingdom share represents the value of the contracts and main sub-contracts placed with United Kingdom-based companies which through employment, manufacturing or sub-contracting make a substantial contribution to the United Kingdom economy.