asked the Secretary of State for Energy what consideration he is giving to the auctioning of those North Sea blocks that oil companies request to be included in the seventh licensing round.
asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a further statement on the progress of the seventh round of offshore licences; and what is his policy towards auction bid methods of allocation of licences.
I refer my hon. Friend and the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 29 January to the hon. Member for Wolver Hampton, North-East (Mrs. Short).