HC Deb 08 March 1966 vol 725 cc454-5W
Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Minister of Power what steps he takes on granting a licence to any person or company to drill in the North Sea, to investigate, control and supervise the construction, maintenance and safety of the rig to be used, and to provide for the safety of the men and their families and for the compensation to be paid in the event of loss or damage.

Mr. Frederick Lee

Licensees are required, as a condition of their licence, to comply with any instructions given by me in writing for securing the safety, health and welfare of persons employed in or about the licensed area. All licensees have been instructed to carry out operations in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Institute of Petroleum Code of Practice for Drilling, Production and Pipeline Operations in Marine Areas, to make suitable arrangements for medical services, and to report accidents and dangerous occurrences. Questions of statutory compensation for industrial injuries are for my right hon. Friend, the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance, and civil liability is a matter for the Courts.