HC Deb 20 January 1986 vol 90 c3W
Sir John Biggs-Davison

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will place in the Library details of the recipients, and prospective recipients, of licences to prospect for lignite and petroleum in Northern Ireland together with a map of the areas of exploration.

Dr. Boyson

On 10 December 1985 I announced the intention of the Department of Economic Development to award two petroleum licences and three prospecting licences for lignite. Details of these prospective licensees and of the holders of two existing petroleum licences and one lignite prospecting licence were included in a press release. I have made arrangements for the Library to receive a copy of this press release together with a map of Northern Ireland showing the areas which are currently licensed for petroleum or lignite exploration and the areas for which the Department's intention to award licences has been announced.

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