§ Mr. Craigen
asked the Secretary of State for Energy if, pursuant to his reply of 11 May, Official Report, column 2, to the hon. Member for Glasgow, Maryhill, his Deprtment will initiate studies into the longer-term effects of North sea oil production operations on coastal erosion and the sea bed.
§ Mr. Buchanan-Smith
North Sea oil and gas production operations have no appreciable effects on the processes of erosion of the coastal zone and sea bed. My Department has no plans to initiate any such studies.