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Alexander Keilland Production Platform

Volume 982: debated on Tuesday 15 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether his Department's inspectors will be associated in any way with the formal Norwegian inquiry into the Alexander Keilland disaster.

This inquiry is entirely a matter for the Norwegian authorities. My Department is, however, naturally concerned to learn all it can from the inquiry with a view to minimising the risk of any similar occurrence on the United Kingdom continental shelf. In the meantime, arrangements have been made for all semi-submersible rigs operating on the UKCS to be surveyed, and my inspectors are keeping closely in touch with the progress of the Norwegian investigations.