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Unleaded Petrol

Volume 130: debated on Monday 28 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what estimates he has of the approximate percentage of petrol stations in each region of the United Kingdom where unleaded petrol is currently available; and what information he has on comparable national figures in respect of the other principal countries of western Europe.

[holding answer 24 March 1988]: Figures provided by the United Kingdom Petroleum Industry Association on the percentages of petrol stations in the United Kingdom which sell unleaded petrol are as follows:

Per cent.
England and Wales3·7
Northern Ireland1·5
Percentage figures are not available on a regional basis but at 15 February the numbers of stations were:

Per cent.
Northern Ireland14
East Midlands42
Greater London98
North West70
Northern Region13
South East114
South West67
West Midlands53
Yorkshire and Humberside54
The total number is growing rapidly.Other countries of western Europe fall into one of two categories: either unleaded petrol is available at virtually all retail outlets, or, as in the United Kingdom, it is in the process of becoming more widely available. The Federal Republic of Germany and Switzerland fall into the former category, France and Italy into the latter. For these two countries, the approximate percentages of retail outlets selling unleaded petrol are:

Per cent.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will provide information available to him on the regional breakdown of the numbers of unleaded petrol outlets; what studies his Department has either commissioned or undertaken into the projected growth path of unleaded petrol; and if he will make a statement.

On the first part of his question, I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Davyhulme (Mr. Churchill) today.Figures provided by the United Kingdom Petroleum Industry Association show that in mid-February there were 715 stations in the United Kingdom selling unleaded petrol. The number of outlets is expected to increase

Non-governmental OrganisationsNamesProfessional Designations
Automobile AssociationMr. M. W. R. FrostHead of Consumer and Current Affairs
Association of Fleet Car OperatorsMr. J. J. HughesNational Secretary
Association of United UK Oil IndependentsMr. R. BurgeDeputy Chairman
British Tourist AuthorityMr. C. D. BarnardAssistant Director: Policy
British Motorcycle FederationMr. T. BlowerConsultant to Government Relations Committee
British Vehicle Rental and Leasing AssociationMr. C. SherlockOperations Manager
Campaign for Lead-Free Air (CLEAR)Dr. R. Russell-JonesChairman
CLEAR Charitable TrustMr. D. WilsonOrganisation Chairman
Consumers AssociationMr. D. PrenticeCampaigns Manager
Federation of Petroleum SuppliersMr. E. J. RowsonExecutive Secretary
Highland & Island Development BoardMr. R. D. CramondDeputy Chairman
Mid-Wales Development BoardMr. P. PettigrewDirector of Economic Development
Motor Agents Association/Petrol Retailers AssociationMr. C. H. AinsleyDeputy Director and Secretary
Motorcycle AssociationMr. T. WatererTechnical Officer
Royal Automobile ClubMr. J. SmeatonPublic Policy Manager
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)Mr. B. K. SaundersSenior Technical Manager
UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA)Dr. I. BerwickDirector General
The Departments of Energy, of Trade and Industry and of Transport, HM Customs and Excise and the Scottish Development Department are represented at official level. The United Kingdom national committee for the European Year of the Environment was represented during the year.