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Offshore Northern Seas Conference

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 19 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what (a) new initiatives and (b) future meetings are to take place further to the Minister of State attending the Offshore Northern Seas Conference in August 2006. (91065)

[holding answer 13 September 2006]: My hon. Friend, the Minister for Energy, and I shared UK ministerial representation at the ONS Conference in Stavanger. I was particularly pleased to see so many Scottish-based enterprises participating in this major international event. PILOT, the Government/Industry taskforce, will take a continuing interest in aspects of follow-up activity from ONS, which will include:

The Minister for Energy and the Norwegian Minister for Petroleum and Energy will attend the January 2007 meeting of the North Sea Rim Task Force on Carbon Capture and Storage where they expect to hear the conclusions from work on future collaboration.

Ongoing bilateral talks with the Norwegian Government at official level and with the industry on additional supplies of gas into the UK.

Current work on supply chain opportunities will be extended to include launch of a second phase cross-border business-to-business mentoring scheme.