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North Sea Oil

Volume 932: debated on Wednesday 25 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will list the occasions when he has discussed exploitation of North Sea oil resources, including the next round of licences in the North Sea, with overseas Governments.

I have had numerous meetings at which I have discussed our oil policy with representatives of foreign Governments both at home and overseas since taking my present office. I always take the opportunity to tell other Governments about progress. As I have already told the House—[Vol. 930, c. 324–6 and Vol. 930, c. 719–31]—I recently visited Norway on two occasions to discuss important matters relating to our common interests in North Sea oil and gas with the Norwegian Government.