The Attempt to Influence Oil Company Purchasing

  • Michael Jenkin


When most people in Britain today think of the Government and its relationship with the oil companies working in the North Sea, their minds immediately turn to the confrontations after 1974 between the Labour Government and the oil companies over taxation and the creation of the British National Oil Corporation. However, a significant, although less well known, development in the oilcompany—government relationship has been the attempt by both Conservatives and Labour to influence the purchasing activities of the North Sea oil companies. This attempt to control the oil companies’ purchasing activities has resulted in a significant extension of government intervention in the daily commercial operations of the oil industry through the use of an innovative administrative procedure which has come to be known as ‘auditing’.


Foreign Firm Production Platform Foreign Supplier Audit Procedure Equipment Purchase 
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  1. 47.
    R. Vielvoye, ‘Political Pressures Decide Placing of Orders’, The Times, 31 Oct 1973.Google Scholar
  2. 54.
    See R. Dafter, ‘Lack of Orders Worries Platform Builders’, Financial Times, 26 Feb 1976.Google Scholar
  3. 55.
    R. Dafter, ‘Oil Platform Yards Run Out of Work’, Financial Times, 28 May 1976.Google Scholar

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© Michael Jenkin 1981

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