HC Deb 23 December 1982 vol 34 cc669-70W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many annex B applications have been approved in the past two years; and how many are pending or reasonably anticipated.

Mr. Mellor

Since December 1980 approval has been given to development programmes for the North Alwyn and Clyde oilfields and the Morecambe gasfield. Approval has also been given to the development programme for the South Cormorant field which had commenced operations in December 1979. Approval in principle has also been given to the British Gas Corporation's plan for development of Rough as a gas storage field. Further development programmes are being prepared by licensees for both oil and gas fields but I cannot anticipate the timing or number of applications for approval.

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