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Volume 940: debated on Wednesday 30 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what estimate he has made of the amount of work for the 22 ships jects Scheme; what proportion this represents of the total financial allocation that was authorised for the scheme; what is the total of payments so far made under the scheme; and how those offers and payments were distributed amongst industrial sectors and regions.

Details of the offers and the regional and industrial distribution of projects have already been published in Appendix H of the 1976–77 Report on the Industry Act 1972. The assistance offered represented 70 per cent. of the financial allocation for the scheme. Assistance is paid by instalment on completion of stages of particular projects. Up to 31st October 1977 payments totalled £14·7 million. The distribution of offers and payments is as follows:and two floating cranes, respectively, purchased with British subsidy by Poland, which will be done in Poland.

British Shipbuilders have already said that items imported from Poland are expected to account for about 8 per cent. Of the total production cost of the ships.