§ Mr. Evelyn King
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what estimate he has as to the value and likely length of life of oil fields at Which Farm near Corfe Castle and the likely effects of development upon the neighbourhood; and if he will make a statement.
§ Dr. John Cunningham
On current evidence, production is likely to last for 15 to 20 years, but further evaluation of the discovery is necessary before estimates of its total value can be made. The planning492W permission given by the local planning authority for the development of the field imposes on British Gas, the operators, conditions designed to ensure that the development is undertaken in such a way as to have minimum physical and visual impact on the neighbourhood.
§ Mr. Skeet
asked the Secretary of State for Energy if, in view of the conflicting nature of the role of the British National Oil Corporation as both a commercial operation and principal adviser to the Secretary of State, he will bring forward legislation amending the Petroleum and Submarine Pipe-lines Act 1975 to resolve these difficulties.