§ Mr. Marlow
asked the Secretary of State for Trade what proportion of petrol is sold through pumps not capable of measuring more than 99p per gallon.
§ Mrs. Sally Oppenheim
I regret that the information on the proportion of petrol sold is not available.
About 70 per cent. of pumps are mechanical and incapable of measuring more than 99p per gallon without having their computing head redesigned. I understand that this has been done in the case of some 10,000 pumps, leaving 60 per cent. still incapable of measuring more than 99p per gallon and having either to have the facility of showing the price removed or to operate on the basis of half price posting.