HC Deb 27 February 1989 vol 148 c11
13. Mr. Doran

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy when he next expects to meet the committee of United Kingdom Offshore Operators' Association.

Mr. Peter Morrison

I meet UKOOA often, but have no plans to do so currently.

Mr. Doran

When does the Minister expect to conclude his discussions with UKOOA and other operators about the installation of sub-sea emergency shutdown valves, and precisely when does he expect to publish the regulations?

Mr. Morrison

I cannot give the hon. Gentleman a specific date. Negotiations are continuing, and I am as concerned about the matter as he is.

Mr. Barry Field

I understand that the vessel that broke adrift in the North sea is soon to be replaced, and that that field will be back on stream. When he meets the association, will my right hon. Friend congratulate the field's operators on getting it back on stream in record time and in a very hostile environment?

Mr. Morrison

I assure my hon. Friend that I will do that, but I will also ensure that safety regulations are properly implemented in that and all other fields.