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Submarine Oil Tankers

Volume 894: debated on Friday 4 July 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will institute a programme to investigate the feasibility of building, in British shipyards, submarine oil tankers to extract oil from the North Sea.

My Department has not as yet identified a requirement, in practical or economic terms, for submarine oil tankers for use in the North Sea. Until there is some indication of such a requirement it would be premature to institute a programme.