§ 16. Mr. Jessel
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he is satisfied with the arrangements for defending North Sea oil rigs.
§ Mr. Jessel
Will the hon. Gentleman comment on the strategic aspect? Are there not great dangers in our becoming too dependent for our national economy on the supply of oil from the North Sea when the rigs are obviously vulnerable to air or sea attack, especially in the light of the expansion of the Soviet Navy? Is there not also a risk of sabotage or blackmail by extremist organisations?
§ Mr. Gordon Wilson
Does the hon. Gentleman accept that a Scottish Government would be prepared to take away from the Secretary of State any problems that he might face in defending these oil rigs?
§ Mr. Younger
Will the hon. Gentleman note that the vast majority of people in Scotland are extremely proud of their contribution to the Royal Navy and would rather have the oil defended by the Royal Navy than by anyone else?