asked the Secretary of State for Energy if any further approvals have been issued to holders of petroleum production licences under model clause 15 of the licence terms.
On 15th June 1977 an approval was issued for the development and production programme in respect of the Auk field. This is the second field for which an approval has been issued and the programme covers the period to the end of 1981. The programme contains details of the field area, the offshore facilities and maximum and minimum quantities of petroleum to be produced in each year. Under model clause 15 of the licence terms the licensee may not develop or produce from a field without my right hon. Friend's consent or in accordance with an approved development and production programme.