Lord Howell of Guildford asks whether the North East could be the best place for the controversial process of 'fracking' to take place, because the region contains 'uninhabited and desolate' areas, much to the outrage of other peers in the chamber.
Fracking should be carried out in the North East of England where there are "large, desolate areas" a former energy secretary has said.
Lord Howell of Guildford drew gasps of astonishment from the House of Lords when he made the claims.
During Lords Questions he said: "...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."