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Petrol Prices

Volume 12: debated on Monday 9 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy how the United Kingdom price for a gallon of petrol compares with prices in other Western European countries.

The latest available estimates of typical retail prices for two-star and four-star petrol in Western European countries are given as follows. Prices for European Community countries are based on informal surveys conducted for the Commission on 26 October 1981. Prices for other countries have been obtained from national Administrations. National currencies have been converted at exchange rates current on 26 October 1981.In making international price comparisons, it must be borne in mind that difficulties can arise in times of changing prices and exchange rate fluctuations. There can, moreover, be a wide range of prices within countries and differences in the methods of collecting the data may not always provide comparable figures.

Typical retail price of petrol in Western Europe
Pence/gallon
2-star4-star
Austria164172
Belgium186193
Denmark177180
FinlandNot available
France169178
Federal Republic of Germany156161
Greece156173
Ireland190192
IcelandNot available
Italy184191
Luxembourg135141
Netherlands173180
Norway179185
Portugal191210
Spain158174
Sweden164168
Switzerland173180
United Kingdom165167

Source: EC Commission Oil Bulletin and national Administrations