HC Deb 23 July 1985 vol 83 c460W
Mr. Onslow

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received advocating the amendment of the Land Compensation Act 1973 so as to create a statutory right for householders affected by oil and gas-related activities to claim compensation; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Macfarlane

In addition to my hon. Friend's recent letter on this subject, my hon. Friend the Member for Wealden (Sir G. Johnson Smith) has also raised this issue with me. I see no reason why oil and gas operations should be made the only form of private sector development subject to statutory compensation under the Land Compensation Act 1973. I shall be writing to my hon. Friend shortly to explain why.