Future of the Oil and Gas Industry — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:43 pm on 14th March 2019.

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Photo of Richard Harrington Richard Harrington Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) 2:43 pm, 14th March 2019

The hon. Lady has brought up an excellent point. From what I have seen—I expect to be corrected by her or by Hugh Gaffney if I am incorrect—I feel that there is a lot of co-operation between companies and the union. However, I was very concerned by the points that the hon. Gentleman brought up about the survey from Robert Gordon University on the stress and everything else; that is of concern. While this is, I hope, a highly-paid industry, it is one where we must be very conscious of health and safety—not just the formal things to do with safety regulations, but things to do with the wellbeing of the workers in it. Danielle Rowley was correct to bring the question to my attention; I am sorry I had not answered it in the body of my speech. I will confine my remarks to that, and thank the Committee again for the work it has done.