asked the Secretary of State for Energy what percentage of the acreage covered by licences granted in each of the licensing rounds were granted to, and what percentages of current oil production is controlled by (a) each of the British oil majors, (b) American oil companies, (c) members of the British Independent Exploration Companies Association, (d) French and German oil companies and (e) others.
Information in the precise form requested is not readily available and the question could be answered fully only at disproportionate cost. The current approximate percentages of acreage held under seaward production licences are as follows:
|(1) British majors—BP||7·5|
|Shell (40 per cent. UK share)||3|
|(4) Members of the British Independent Exploration Companies Association||3|
|(5) Other UK companies||8·5|
|(6) US oil companies||40|
|(7) French and German oil companies||5|