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Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill begins detailed scrutiny in the Lords

24 April 2024

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Members of the House of Lords completed line by line check of the Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill on Tuesday 23 April.

The Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill will require the oil and gas regulator to hold annual licensing rounds for offshore petroleum production.

Committee stage is a thorough examination of the individual parts (clauses) of the bill.

Starting from the front of the bill, members work through the clauses in order, considering changes (amendments) to the wording or proposals for new clauses.

Proposed changes   

Members speaking at committee stage put forward amendments (PDF) to the bill on subjects including:

  • climate change tests for new seaward production licenses
  • banning flaring and venting, the disposing of gas, by new offshore installations
  • the application of the bill in Scotland.

Get involved

Catch up on Parliament TV or read the Lords Hansard transcript.

Find out more about the bill in the House of Lords Library briefing.

Next steps

Report stage, a further chance to closely scrutinise elements of the bill and make changes, is yet to be scheduled.

What's happened so far

Second reading

Second reading, a full debate on the key principles of the bill, took place on Tuesday 26 March.

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