§ Mr. MacShane
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the total value of commercial orders placed by his Department with British Steel plc in each year from 1988 to 1995. 
§ Sir Paul Beresford
A total of £77,000 was paid to British Steel plc and its associate companies during 1995–96. This figure also covers payments amounting to £39,258.50 made by Property Advisers to the Civil Estate, which was part of this Department during the period in question.
Figures for preceding years are obtainable only at disproportionate cost.