§ Mr. MacKenzie
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many orders for ships and ship and engine repairs involving public money have been placed abroad since 1979; and what was the total sums involved.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
No orders for ships involving public money have been placed abroad since 1979. The only expenditure incurred abroad in respect of ship and engine repairs relates to running repairs. The amount is believed to be modest in total, but full records of this incidental expenditure have not been kept.