UK Oil Firms to Brief Lawmakers Next Month on Tax Hike Impact

LONDON (Dow Jones Newswires), Apr. 4, 2011

U.K. lawmakers will hear submissions next month from the country's major oil and gas producers as to how a large tax increase is affecting the industry, the Energy and Climate Change Committee said Monday.

In a one-off evidence session scheduled for May 4, members of the parliamentary committee will hear oral submissions from Oil & Gas UK and the Oil and Gas Independents' Association.

The meeting comes as several large companies said they were reconsidering billions of pounds of investments in oil and gas production after a shock tax increase in Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's budget two weeks ago.

In a statement confirming it will participate in the session, Oil & Gas UK said it was consulting its members to quantify the full impact of the budget move on investment and will publish the findings by the end of April.

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