HC Deb 28 November 1983 vol 49 c397W
30. Mr. Leigh

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on Government policy towards the exploration for oil in mainland sites.

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

It is the Government's policy to encourage exploration for petroleum on the United Kingdom mainland. To that end, petroleum licences are awarded granting rights to search and drill for petroleum. The exercise of these rights is subject to normal planning controls.

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