ECC PN3 - 06-02-09

Energy and Climate Change Committee
Committee announcement 3

6 February 2009


The Energy and Climate Change Committee today issued a call for written evidence relating to its forthcoming inquiry into UK offshore oil and gas.

The Committee intends to examine the extent of the UK's oil and gas reserves and the contribution these can make to the UK's future energy needs.

The Committee particularly welcomes evidence addressing the following questions, although respondents are free to comment on any issues that they consider relevant:

€ How can the UK's remaining offshore oil and gas reserves be exploited most effectively? What barriers are there to exploiting such reserves? What steps need to be taken to unlock resources west of Shetland?

€ What can be done to minimise the environmental impact of exploiting the reserves? How should this be encouraged and/or financed?

€ How effective is the current fiscal and regulatory regime in which the industry operates?

€ What effect is the recession and the credit crunch having on the industry? What is the impact on the financing of exploration and development?

€ How are the skills needs of the sector being met? How transferable are those skills?

€ What are the implications of an ageing existing infrastructure on the security of supplies from the North Sea?

€ Is the right policy framework in place to manage the decommissioning of that infrastructure as resources are depleted?

The deadline for the submission of written evidence is 4 March 2009.

The Committee intends to hold a small number of oral evidence sessions in Westminster in mid-March - early April and will also visit Aberdeen as part of the inquiry. Details will be announced in the next few weeks.

The Committee is also issuing today a call for evidence for its inquiry into the future of Britain's electricity networks.


Written evidence should be in Word or rich text format-not PDF format-and sent by e-mail to The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from. Hard copy submissions should be sent to: The Clerk, Energy and Climate Change Committee, 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA. The deadline is 4 March 2009. As a guideline submissions should be no longer than 3000 words.

Submissions should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary. Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet or by making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

For data protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.


1.     Committee Membership is as follows:

Mr Elliot Morley MP, Labour, Scunthorpe (Chairman)
Mr David Anderson MP, Labour, Blaydon
Colin Challen MP, Labour, Morley and Rothwell
Mrs Nadine Dorries MP, Conservative, Mid Bedfordshire
Charles Hendry MP, Conservative, Wealden
Miss Julie Kirkbride MP, Conservative, Bromsgrove
Anne Main MP, Conservative, St. Albans
Judy Mallaber MP, Labour, Amber Valley
John Robertson MP, Labour, Glasgow North West
Sir Robert Smith MP, Liberal Democrats, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
Paddy Tipping MP, Labour, Sherwood
Dr Desmond Turner MP, Labour, Brighton Kemptown
Mr Mike Weir MP, Scottish National Party, Angus
Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Labour, Southampton Test

2.    More information can be found on the Committee website at:

Media Enquiries: Laura Kibby, Tel: 020 7219 0718, e-mail:

Specific Committee Information:  e-mail:, Tel: 020 7219 2569

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