§ 63. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Minister of Power in view of the successes achieved by private persons and companies under licence from him in drilling for oil and gas in the North Sea, if he will grant similar licences to the scientific bodies which are supported by the Government to drill for oil and gas in the shelf in British seas for the national benefit.
§ Mr. Freeson
My right hon. Friend has no plans to invite applications for further licences to drill for oil and gas in the U.K. sector of the Continental shelf.