HC Deb 08 November 1966 vol 735 cc246-7W
Mr. J. H. Osborn

asked the Minister of Power if he will tabulate the main areas where oil is now being extracted in this country, and the average daily output; and if he will also tabulate all the oil strikes on the mainland, and in the North Sea which have been notified to him this year, stating the location of the strike, the name of the exploration company making the strike, and the daily anticipated output.

Dr. Bray

All reports furnished to my right hon. Friend under the provisions of licences are confidential.

Oil is being extracted in the Midlands and in Dorset, and the latest published figure of total production in Great Britain is 91,000 tons for the year 1965. This figure includes petroleum gases.

British Petroleum have an oil show in a well in Yorkshire.

The Burmah Group announced last month that they had encountered oil in their exploration well in North Sea Block 48/22, but it is not yet known whether there is sufficient present for commercial exploitation.