§ Mr. Skeet
asked the Secretary of State for Energy (1) why the next round of licensing for Continental Shelf areas has been delayed;
(2) what is the attitude towards the eligibility of overseas State entities in the next round of licensing;411W
(3) in view of the fact that BNOC and BGC may apply for Continental Shelf licences at any time, whether he proposes to exclude them from the next round of licensing;
(4) whether he proposes to reserve any areas of the Continental Shelf exclusively for licensing to the BNOC or the BGC;
(5) whether he proposes to take into account during the next round of licensing the fact that subsisting licensees have stood on their legal rights and have not accepted the Government's invitation to grant 51 per cent. participation to the State.