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Offshore Industry: Taxation

Question for Treasury

UIN 43606, tabled on 6 September 2021

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to review all tax policy to ensure it does not incentivise oil and gas extraction.

Answered on

10 September 2021

Our domestic oil and gas industry produces the equivalent of around half of the UK’s primary energy needs and will continue to play an important role as we transition to a net zero economy. The industry has paid around £375bn in production taxes to date and supports around 147,000 jobs directly and in their supply chains, employing people in locations right across the country and supporting many more local jobs in sectors that rely on a vibrant oil and gas industry.

The Government places additional taxes on the extraction of oil and gas to ensure a fair return for the nation while also supporting the industry to address genuine costs through targeted tax reliefs, such as those to encourage the safe removal of infrastructure at the end of a field’s life.

The Government keeps all taxes under review, and any changes are made in the round at fiscal events.

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