Tory Peer Lord Howell a supporter of fracking, has told the House of Lords: ‘Would you accept that it could be a mistake to think of and discuss fracking in terms of the whole of the United Kingdom in one go’
‘I mean there obviously are, in beautiful natural areas, worries about not just the drilling and the fracking, which I think are exaggerated, but about the trucks, and the delivery, and the roads, and the disturbance, and those about justified worries.’
The peer from Guildford in Surrey added: ‘But there are large and uninhabited and desolate areas. Certainly in part of the North East where there’s plenty of room for fracking, well away from anybody’s residence where we could conduct without any kind of threat to the rural environment.’

Lord Howell is the father in law of George Osbourne the Chancellor.