HC Deb 30 January 1975 vol 885 c274W
Mr. Madden

asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many exploration licences, awarded for the exploration of oil and gas in the North Sea, have been given up by the holders since such licences were first awarded, to date.

Mr. John Smith

Of the 109 exploration licences granted since licensing began in 1964, 61 have run the full term of three years and have now expired. A further 12 have been surrendered before due date.

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