Peers in the House of Lords gasped in shock and disbelief when a Conservative peer suggested that fracking could take place in the "desolate" North East of England.
Lord Howell has since apologised for his claims that the controversial form of gas production would suit the area as it is "uninhabited and desolate."
ITV News deputy political editor Chris Ship reports:
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