HC Deb 29 April 1969 vol 782 cc1137-8
33. Mr. Ron Lewis

asked the Minister of Power if he will state the numbers of pipelines which have been constructed under authorisations granted in accordance with the Pipelines Act 1962, the total mileage covered, the number of compulsory acquisition orders made and the length of line included in those orders.

Mr. Mason

14 cross-country pipelines, covering 667 miles including the Thames-Mersey line. No compulsory purchase orders, and only six compulsory rights orders for 1¼ miles have been made.

Mr. Lewis

What statutory rights has an individual to object to a pipeline?

Mr. Mason

There can be no cross-country pipeline without my consent; a proposal must be advertised; and objectors must have an opportunity at hearings or public inquiries to put their case. But, as I have already pointed out, we have built 667 miles of pipeline and there have been no objections of note. This is an excellent example of public relations by the industries concerned.