asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is his policy towards European Community projects for the North Sea for joint exploration; and how these fit in with his conception of the BNOC.
The proposed EEC Council regulation for support to common projects for hydrocarbons exploration, on which an explanatory memorandum has been submitted to the House—Reference No. R/3333/74, Document No. 8—is not directed towards the United Kingdom sector of the North Sea, though it could find application there. I would refer the hon. Member to my remarks in the debate on 11th February.—[Vol. 886, c. 239.] Specific proposals for joint activities involving the BNOC will be considered on their merits as and when they are received after BNOC is established.