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Influencing governments and policy makers is an important part of Oil & Gas UK’s day to day work. Our legislators set the framework in which our industry must work including licensing, taxation and regulations relating to health and safety and the environment.

As part of our regular activity, Oil & Gas UK monitors what is going on in the Westminster, Holyrood and European Parliaments, responds to government consultations, gives evidence to Parliamentary committees when requested, meets regularly with Ministers, maintains day to day contacts with key government officials (civil servants) and works closely with the members of the Westminster Parliament (MPs), Scottish Parliament (MSPs) and European Parliament (MEPs) who have a strong constituency interest or are otherwise connected to offshore oil and gas and energy policy issues. We will also be working closely with the new Regulator, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) and the official Government / Industry engagement channels, particularly through the MER UK Forum.

Oil & Gas UK is also pleased to provide the ongoing support for the Oil and Gas Groups at both Holyrood and Westminster.

Oil & Gas UK’s manifesto for a strong oil and gas industry in Scotland

Ahead of the Scottish Parliamentary election on 5 May, Oil & Gas UK has published A Manifesto for a strong oil and gas industry in Scotland. Our manifesto sets out four key commitments the next Scottish Government can make to help secure the industry’s future. We will be sharing this with prospective parliamentary candidates in the run up to the election and with elected MSPs in the weeks that follow.

Ahead of the Scottish Parliamentary Election on 5 May, Oil & Gas UK held a hustings events and asked representatives from a number of Scottish political parties how, if elected, they would support the oil and gas industry. Find out their responses here.

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