HC Deb 27 October 1983 vol 47 c147W
Mr. John Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on the sale of the British Gas Corporation's interest in the Wytch Farm oilfield.

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

British Gas is currently engaged on detailed negotiations with a view to finalising a sale to the Dorset group of independent British oil companies. It would not be right for me to make a statement until these negotiations, which are commercially confidential, have been concluded.

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