§ Mr. Simon Coombs
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on the progress of oil exploration in Wiltshire.
§ Mr. Moynihan
No significant discoveries of oil have been made to date in Wiltshire. Since the reply given to my hon. Friend's similar question on 26 October 1989 at column519, two further seismic survey programmes and one geochemical soil test have been carried out under petroleum licences covering parts of the county.