Oil and Gas Exploration: Subsidies

Part of Energy Security and Net Zero – in the House of Commons on 23 May 2023.

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Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)

Of course, we are a net importer of oil and gas and, if we do not produce domestic gas, for example, we will have more tankers—[Interruption.] We will have more tankers with higher emissions coming into this country. We will undermine a sector—[Interruption.] Oil, gas and renewables is effectively one sector—[Interruption.] It is very hard to get through my answer with all this enthusiastic barracking. It will undermine the energy security of this country if we do not produce oil and gas here while we are burning that. Thanks to the legislation of this Government, we can be confident that it is compatible with net zero because we have carbon budgets that are taking us there.