§ 42. Mr. Prescott
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what is his policy on imports of natural gas from Norway.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
Gas imports can have a major effect on the rate and pattern of the development of the United Kingdom continental shelf. In recognition of this, and of the importance the Government attach to maintaining the rate of activity on the United Kingdom continental shelf, British Gas has undertaken to consult the Government on any import plans as these develop. Any imports from Norway would be subject to the normal consent requirements for laying pipelines on the United Kingdom continental shelf and, where appropriate, the conclusion of intergovernmental treaties.