Fracking week in Westminster (w/e 31st Oct)

Transcripts of parliamentary questions, answers and debates on fracking and onshore oil and gas for the week ending 31st October 2014

  • Costs of the 14th licensing round
  • Number of objections to fracking

With thanks to Theyworkforyou.com

28th October 2014
Energy Questions, House of Commons
Question from Tom Greatrex (Shadow Minister for Energy; Rutherglen and Hamilton West, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of

  • the total cost to his Department of,
  • the number of full time equivalent staff employed in,

administering the fourteenth licensing round for onshore oil and gas.

Answer from Matthew Hancock (Minister of State for Energy; West Suffolk, Conservative)
No assessment to date has been made on the total cost to DECC of administering the 14th licensing round. The consideration of applications made in the licensing round is yet to take place and the number of applications relevant staff will need to consider will not be known until the passing of the application deadline on the 28th October 2014.

Up to four members of staff have had substantial involvement in preparations for the round to date, and up to six more may be involved in the assessment of applications once received and in the issue of licences in accordance with Ministers’ decisions. In addition, the Department is conducting environmental assessments related to the round, with assistance from external consultants.

30th October 2014
Written questions, House of Lords
Question from Lord Browne Of Belmont
How many objections to fracking they have received in 2014.

Answer from Baroness Verma
The data is not collected in the format requested. We recognise that members of the public have concerns about the potential impact of development of shale gas and oil in the UK. The Office of Unconventional Gas and Oil (OUGO) addresses these concerns with our publicly-available information on the Gov.uk site: https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/providing-regulation-and-licensing-of-energy-industries-and-infrastructure/supporting-pages/developing-shale-gas-and-oil-in-the-uk

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