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Oil Exploration Records

Volume 124: debated on Tuesday 8 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what arrangements are in hand for the public release of offshore and onshore oil exploration records held by his Department; if any changes are to be made to the time scale for the release of information on wells drilled; and if he will make a statement.

Arrangements have been in existence since 1976 for the release of well data after five years. I have no plans at present to change the time scale for the release of such information.