§ 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. Further670W 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.