Oral Answers to Questions — Offshore Oil (Production Platforms)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd May 1976.

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Photo of Mr Tony Benn Mr Tony Benn , Bristol South East 12:00 am, 3rd May 1976

I share my hon. Friend's hopes on this subject. We considered the possibility of off-the-peg orders, but the design of platforms depends upon their sites being precisely known. There was a technical report, which I made available to the unions so that they could check from their own knowledge whether the recommendation that they could not be made off-the-peg was correct. I recently spent one and a half hours with the oil liaison committee of the STUC in Perth, and there will be further discussions on the matter. We are hopeful that orders will come, but there is nothing that the Government can do to place £150 million orders at this time.