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Oil Stocks

Volume 124: debated on Monday 14 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what is his current estimate of the length of time for which Britain will he self-sufficient in oil; and if he will make a statement.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave earlier today in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Rochford (Dr. Clark). Current estimates lead my Department to believe that the United Kingdom's self-sufficiency in oil could last well into the 1990s.