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North Sea Oil

Volume 886: debated on Wednesday 12 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what steps are being taken by the Offshore Supplies Office to ensure that the Cormorant platform is built in Scotland.

The order for the construction of this platform has already been placed with McAlpine at its site at Ardyne Point.

asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he is satisfied with the co-ordination of activities of the Petroleum Production Division of the Department of Energy, the Offshore Supplies Office, the North Sea Oil Support Unit and the Scottish Industrial Development Office; and if he will make a statement regarding the effectiveness of these bodies, with particular reference to possible duplication of functions.

My right hon. Friend is satisfied with the co-ordination of activities. The Oil Task Force which meets regularly in Edinburgh includes senior officials from all these parts of Government and provides an effective forum for co-ordination of North Sea oil- related activities. In addition there is, of course, day-to-day contact on particular issues as they arise.

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what percentage of supply vessels, including pipe-laying barges, survey vessels, cargo carriers, craneships and safety vessels, servicing North Sea oil operations, is British made and sail under the Red Ensign; and what estimate he has made of the total number of such vessels at the latest available date.

The information is not readily available. I am at present making inquiries and will write to the hon. Member in due course.