§ Mr. Hazell
asked the Minister of Power whether he is satisfied with the specifications approved by him for plugging gas wells in the North Sea, in view of the well off Bacton which has had to be fired to deal with escaping gas; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Freeson
Yes, my right hon. Friend is satisfied the specifications accord with good oil field practice. The reasons for the leak in the well off Scarborough to which my hon. Friend refers are being investigated and when these are known we will consider what, if any, measures can be introduced to prevent a recurrence.