asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is his estimate of the number of jobs that will be created by the year 1978 from the development of offshore oil in Great Britain.
I regret that the information is not available in the form requested. A broad estimate of the present number of jobs directly related to North Sea oil in Scotland and the Northern Region of England is 38,000. This number is expected to increase by about 11,000 over the next two years. These figures do not take account of indirect employment related to North Sea oil.