Oral Answers to Questions — North Sea Oil (Production)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd May 1976.

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Photo of Mr Tony Benn Mr Tony Benn , Bristol South East 12:00 am, 3rd May 1976

I agree strongly with what my hon. Friend has said. In fact, one of the first things I did when I was appointed to my present position was to invite the OPEC ambassadors to come and see me in my Department to discuss this and other matters. The Department of Trade has pursued these possibilities. The Offshore Supplies Office is very much concerned. I referred in my first supplementary answer to the importance of developing the opportunities for exports of oil-related equipment, and I share the view which my hon. Friend has expressed.