HC Deb 23 June 1980 vol 987 c10W
28. Mr. Dykes

asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many companies, including groups of companies in the case of consortia, he expects to apply for blocks in the seventh round of North Sea oil licences; and what proportion he expects to be British.

Mr. Gray

I am confident that there will be a good response to the round from British and foreign companies alike. It would, however, be premature to guess how many applicants there will be, or how many will be British.