§ Mr. Norris
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what progress has been made concerning the transfer of the Government pipeline and storage system to the Ministry of Defence.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
An Order in Council transferring to the Secretary of State for Defence all property, rights and liabilities relating to the Government oil and pipeline storage system has today been laid before Parliament. The order is due to come into force on I April 1989 on which day my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence will assume responsibility for the system.