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Shipbuilding

Volume 975: debated on Monday 3 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry how many people were employed in shipbuilding in each of the EEC countries during 1978; and how many tons of ships were completed in each country in that year.

The information is as follows:

MERCHANT SHIPBUILDING
Numbers employed in new building work September 1978 '000Completion (ships 100 gross tons and over) in 1978 '000 compensated gross tons
Belgium5·1155
Denmark11·5379
France24·4*440
West Germany33·51,060
Irish Republic0·9
ItalyNot available283
Netherlands23·6†455
United Kingdom40·0‡709
* In establishments employing 150 or more persons.
†March 1978; includes some employment on non-merchant ships.
‡Estimated figure.
Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.