CHANCELLOR George Osborne was urged last night to follow the expected 5p-a-litre cut in fuel duty in the isles with a freeze in tax on petrol and diesel for everyone.
The European Commission has paved the way for the UK Government to launch a cut-price fuel scheme for the islands as early as November 1.
Chancellor George Osborne claimed yesterday that investment in the North Sea oil and gas industry would increase despite his decision to increase offshore companies' tax bills.
The head of the oil company involved in BP's catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill says he "cares deeply" about the way people work offshore.
THE drilling company involved in BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill faces a Commons grilling today amid claims that its North Sea workers have faced "bullying" and "intimidation".
Energy Minister Charles Hendry promised last night to engage in "constructive" talks with the Scottish Government to deal with infrastructure constraints hampering the development of the offshore oil and gas and renewables industries.
The UK Government last night insisted that deep-water oil drilling can go ahead in UK waters without waiting for lessons to be learned from BP's Gulf of Mexico disaster.
Vince Cable vowed last night not to raid the North Sea for money to reduce the huge UK budget deficit caused by the banking crisis.
Plans for a £30billion North Sea supergrid took a step forward last night with heavyweight business support for a power network linking Scotland, Norway, Germany, Denmark, France and England.
ABERDEEN has been selected as the headquarters for offshore wind, wave and tidal power activities by one of the biggest North Sea oil and gas service companies.
Oil and Gas UK has set up a last resort e-mail address for offshore workers worried their helicopter safety concerns are not being addressed.
The possibility of changes in offshore oil and gas taxation after the general election will be raised today.
The UK Government was accused last night of snubbing the offshore industry's pleas for tax breaks and ignoring warnings that thousands of jobs could be lost if North Sea investment dries up.
THE imminent signing of a contract for a drilling campaign off the Falkland Islands was hailed last night as a sign of Aberdeen's development as a future global energy hub.
Chancellor Alistair Darling was urged last night to widen offshore tax concessions to include potential new gas fields west of Shetland.
PRESSURE mounted on Chancellor Alistair Darling last night to increase incentives to extract the last drop of oil and gas offshore, after the government's own figures confirmed production has fallen.
ENERGY Secretary Ed Miliband claimed last night tax reliefs in the last Budget will help develop new oil and gas finds in the North Sea.
Urgent government action is needed to prevent a decline in North Sea oil and gas revenue that could lead to the loss of 50,000 jobs, MPs warned last night.
MPs are poised to add their voices to demands from the North Sea oil industry for urgent government action to help maintain vital exploration and development offshore.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown was under fresh fire last night - over the way he treated the vital North Sea oil and gas industry in his government shake-up.
SCOTTISH Secretary Jim Murphy said last night that North Sea workers commuting to platforms offshore by helicopter may have personal safety beacons restored to their survival gear.
Pressure for more tax relief to encourage offshore exploration and ease the threat to North Sea jobs was stepped up last night.
UK Government plans for "clean" coal power stations could create 50,000 jobs, Energy and Climate Change Minister Ed Miliband forecast last night.
A substantial tax break for new investment in "marginal" oil developments offshore is expected in tomorrow's Budget.
CHANCELLOR Alistair Darling last night faced new demands for tax relief to head off decline in the offshore energy industry, after the government said it has had to put off offering more exploration and development licences.