§ Mr. Pardoe
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what was the percentage of petrol sales outlets controlled by the major oil companies in 1974 and the comparable figure for 1965.192W
Mr. Alan Williams
The Monopolies Commission's report on the supply of petrol to retailers, which was published in 1965, showed that in 1964 the petrol companies owned about 14 per cent. of all petrol stations in the United Kingdom. No comparable figure for 1974 is available, but that for 1973 is estimated at about 26 per cent.