§ 35. Mr. Emery
asked the Minister of Technology what percentage of the 4,000 million cubic feet per day of natural gas projected in the power policy statement for 1975 is now under contract; how much more is under negotiation; and what figure he estimates will be available from British sources by 1975 and 1978.
§ Mr. Emery
In thanking the Minister for that reply, may I ask him to consider that it is not the geological prospects, as he mentioned in an earlier Answer. which will determine the interests of people for new licences, but their ability to sell the gas in this country? What review, therefore, has he in mind above the 4,000 million cubic feet per day level so that people can be assured that if gas is discovered, it will be possible for it to be marketed?
§ Mr. Lubbock
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that contrary to the fears expressed by the hon. Member for Finchley (Mrs. Thatcher) when acting as Opposition "shadow" spokesman on power, not only will there be 4,000 million 33 cubic feet a day by 1975, but the Gas Council will have much more than that at its disposal? There will be no difficulty in marketing it in the period from 1975 to 1980, when at least double this quantity will be sold. Will the right hon. Gentleman in future kindly express these quantities in cubic metres rather than in cubic feet?