§ 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. 
§ 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.