§ Mr. Skeet
asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will indicate the number of times during the past 12 months he has invited the British National Oil Corporation to give him advice under Section 3(3) of the Petroleum and Submarine Pipe-lines Act 1975.
§ Dr. J. Dickson Mabon
In the early 1980s BNOC could have access to around 25 million tonnes of United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS) crude oil each year from its equity share holdings in fields and through the exercise of participation options. In addition, the agreement with BP will give the Corporation access to substantial amounts of non-UKCS crude, and royalty taken in kind could be put at BNOC's disposal, increasing BNOC's total access to around 40–50 million tonnes each year.