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Departmental Abbreviations

Volume 940: debated on Monday 28 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will publish a list of the abbreviations commonly used by his Department in parliamentary speeches, statements and answers to Questions with their respective meanings.

My Department's normal practice is to explain the meaning of an abbreviation at its first occurrence in any particular answer or statement, unless it is established in common usage, as EEC (European Economic Community) or BNOC (British National Oil Corporation). A list of abbreviations current in the nuclear field is given in the report, published by the Department, of the National Nuclear Corporation on the choice of thermal reactor systems. Other specialised abbreviations include:

  • mtce: million tons of coal equivalent
  • mtoe: million tonnes of oil equivalent
  • W: watt(s)
  • cf: cubic feet
  • b/d: barrels per day
  • M- or m-: million
  • G-: thousand million
  • T- or t-: million million