Oil Exploration, Arabian Coast

Oral Answers to Questions — Fuel and Power – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th December 1949.

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Photo of Mr Tufton Beamish Mr Tufton Beamish , Lewes 12:00 am, 5th December 1949

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps His Majesty's Government have taken and will take to assist Petroleum Concessions Ltd., Petroleum Development Ltd. (Oman and Dhofar) and Petroleum Development Ltd, (Trucial Coast) at present exploring for oil round the Arabian coast between Qatar and Aden.

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

The companies have been afforded all proper assistance by the local representatives of His Majesty's Government. The latter have placed their knowledge of the conditions in the area at the companies' disposal and have, where necessary, used their good offices with local authorities. This assistance will continue to be afforded in the future.

Photo of Mr Tufton Beamish Mr Tufton Beamish , Lewes

Is the Under-Secretary aware of the strategic importance that oil can have if found in these areas in substantial quantities? Is he further aware that I am not asking in any way for Government interference, but for closer liaison with these companies?

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

We have received no complaints from the companies.