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Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill debated in the Lords

27 March 2024

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Members of the House of Lords discussed the key principles of the Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill in second reading on Tuesday 26 March.

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

Debate on the draft law

During second reading, members discussed the main topics in the bill and drew attention to specific areas of concern where they think amendments (changes) are needed.

Members speaking

Contributing members included:

Lord Callanan (Conservative), Minister for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance, opened the debate and responded on behalf of the government.

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Watch and read the debate

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

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

Next steps

Committee stage, the first chance for line by line examination of the bill, is scheduled to begin on Tuesday 23 April.

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