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Part of Energy and Climate Change – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 5th March 2009.

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Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Minister of State, Department for Energy and Climate Change 10:30 am, 5th March 2009

I certainly want to work with the industry, as do the Government as a whole, to ensure that we maintain the jobs that we have in the North sea. We are seeing some areas of decline in production, but there is still a lot of interest in oil and gas in the North sea. We have prospects of offshore wind generation and onshore wind generation—certainly in Scotland—so there are prospects for significant expansions of our energy production, and we want to ensure that that happens. We want to work closely during the present difficult economic period to ensure that jobs are protected in so far as they can be.

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