§ Mr. Hancock
asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many ships there were under the United Kingdom flag in each of the last five years.
§ Mr. Ridley
The number of United Kingdom registered merchant ships of 500 gross registered tons and over at the end of each of the last five years is:
Number 1981 1,118 1982 985 1983 866 1984 777 1985 693
These figures exclude Government owned vessels, offshore supply vessels, tugs, fishing vessels and other non-trading vessels.