HC Deb 04 February 1974 vol 868 cc205-6W
21. Mr. Wingfield Digby

asked the Minister for Energy what delay there has been in laying the pipeline from the Forties field; and what steps he is taking to accelerate its completion.

Mr. Patrick Jenkin

Due mainly to damage by a dragging anchor, it was not possible to complete construction of the pipeline last year. Completion is scheduled in 1974 in time for the start of production in 1975.

25. Mr. Sproat

asked the Minister for Energy what discussions he has had with bodies in the north-east of Scotland with a view to speeding up the development of North Sea oil; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Patrick Jenkin

Within 10 days of my Department being set up, the Secretary of State and the Minister of State visited North-East Scotland. They met representatives of a number of bodies concerned and will consult them further in considering ways and means of accelerating production.