asked the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received regarding the delay in placing an order with Scott Lithgow, for a range mooring vessel and two powered lighters; and if he will make a statement.
Apart from representations that have been made by the hon. Member for Greenock and Port Glasgow on behalf of Scott Lithgow, others have been made on behalf of other shipbuilders anxious to gain an opportunity to tender for these vessels. It is still my wish, however, to place these contracts with Scott Lithgow provided that the company can meet the terms and conditions outlined by my hon. Friend on 28 January 1986 at column 449.