§ Mr. Sillars
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will estimate the current oil refining capacity in the United Kingdom; what assessment he has made of the need to expand capacity to meet future demands; and what measure of expansion will be required.
§ Mr. Ridley
Crude oil refining capacity in the United Kingdom at the beginning of this year was estimated at about 108 million tons per annum. The demand for oil products is continuing to increase320W rapidly and there will be room for substantial additional United Kingdom refining capacity over the next few years.