HC Deb 13 May 1999 vol 331 c193W
Mr. Barry Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the prospects for the oil and gas industry in Wales; and if he will make a statement. [82728]

Mr. Battle

Work is being carried out or is planned to be carried out under landward licences held over acreage in North and South Wales.

I expect to be able to offer further licensing opportunities for onshore areas in due course which will allow further appraisal of the hydrocarbon potential in and around Wales, including coal gas related prospects.