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Offshore Petroleum Licensing

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the Answer of 23 May 2006, Official Report, columns 1635-36W on Offshore Petroleum Licensing; if he will publish the results of the Appropriate Assessment into the 24th Licensing Round; and what applications have been made in the 24th Round of offshore petroleum licensing for production consents for field developments in the Cardigan Bay area. (77384)

[holding answer 13 June 2006]: As of 13 June 2006, two 24th Round licence applications have been received—neither are for acreage in the Cardigan Bay area. However the Round is open to applications until 16 June 2006. Once the Appropriate Assessment for the Round has been completed we will take a decision on whether to publish the results. In any event, the results of this and any other necessary Appropriate Assessments relating to the Round will be available on request.

Also, as indicated in my Answer of 23 May 2006, Official Report, columns 1635-36W, drilling and production consents are not part of the licence award and have to be sought separately from the Department at a later stage and are subject to further environmental scrutiny.