HC Deb 23 February 1973 vol 851 cc241-2W
Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many licences have been granted for the exploration of oil and gas in the Irish Sea; by whom the licences are held; and what consideration he is giving to the relevance of this exploration to regional policies in the North-West Region.

Mr. Emery

Eight exclusive production licences—which permit exploration as well—covering areas in the Irish Sea off the coast of the North-West Region have been granted to:


  • Amoco (UK) Petroleum Limited (1 licence).
  • Celtic Basin Oil Exploration Limited, Cluff & Company Limited, Petromin Consultants Limited (1 licence).
  • Eason Oil Company Limited (2 licences).
  • Gulf Oil (Great Britain) Limited, National Coal Board (Exploration) Limited (2 licences).
  • Hydrocarbons Great Britain Limited (2 licences).

The Department has been publicising the opportunities for industry that already exist as a result of offshore oil and gas activities, and a number of firms in the North West are entering this field.