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Offshore Supplies Office (Payments Of Grants)

Volume 982: debated on Wednesday 2 April 1980

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Ross asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will publish a list of the companies which have received overpayments of grants from the Offshore Supplies Office; and what were the overpayments in each case.

[pursuant to his reply, 28 March 1980, c. 733]: I assume the hon. Member is referring to continuing payments of grant which were entered into by the OSO outside the guidelines of the offshore supplies interest relief grant scheme since its inception. The following indicates the position last autumn:

£ million
Total Oil Marine Limited0·71
Elf Oil Exploration and Production UK Ltd.0·88
Aquitaine Oil (UK)0·47
Shell (UK) Ltd.1·2
BP Oil Development Ltd.2·0

£ million

Allied Chemical (North Sea) Ltd.0·15
Occidental Petroleum (Caledonia) Ltd.0·51
Esso Exploration and Production UK5·2
Thomson North Sea Ltd.0·48
Total Marine Norsk A/S0·23
Elf Norge A/S0·35
Aquitaine Norge A/S0·11
Norsk Hydro Produksjon A/S0·47
ICI Petroleum Ltd.0·47
Murphy Petroleum Ltd.0·54
Mobil North Sea Ltd.0·012
Amoco (UK) Exploration Company0·13
Gas Council (Exploration) Ltd.0·13
Ocean Exploration Co Ltd.0·37
Gulf Oil Corporation—UK E & P Division0·1
Ranger Oil (UK) Ltd.0·49
North Sea Inc.0·27
Tenneco (UK) Inc.0·32
LASMO: London & Scottish Marine Oil Company Ltd.0·45
Burmah Oil Exploration Ltd.0·082
Det Norske Oljeselskap A/S0·0015
The Charterhouse Group Ltd.0·077
Unionoil Co of Great Britain0·0076
St. Joe Petroleum (UK) Corporation0·0016
Candel Oil Ltd—United Kingdom Branch0·0047

To provide figure for a current date would involve disproportinate cost.