HC Deb 16 January 1974 vol 867 c93W
28. Mr. Wingfield Digby

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many trial boreholes for oil and natural gas are being drilled in areas designated as of outstanding natural beauty ; and what part his Department has played in the granting of planning permission.

Mr. Rippon

Two trial boreholes in the Dorset area of outstanding natural beauty have recently been completed, and I understand that a third was expected to be started this month. In each case planning permission has been granted by the local planning authority.