HC Deb 09 July 1968 vol 768 c37W
7. Mr. Ellis

asked the Minister of Power if he will make a statement on his plans for prospecting for natural gas in the Bristol Channel.

Mr. Mason

A further part of the Continental Shelf, including virtually the whole of the Bristol Channel, has recently been designated by Order in Council made on 7th June 1968 under Section 1(7) of the Continental Shelf Act, 1964. This will enable me to be kept fully informed on the progress of any operations in the area conducted by holders of exploration licences.