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Oil Exports (South Africa)

Volume 164: debated on Thursday 11 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement about the scope for co-operation with the United Nations monitoring group covering oil shipping to South Africa.

The United Kingdom opposed the 1986 United Nations General Assembly resolution which called on the Security Council to introduce a mandatory oil embargo against South Africa and established the oil shipment monitoring organisation. Our policy is unchanged.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will place in the Library the United Kingdom's guidelines prohibiting crude oil exports to South Africa.

The Government have made clear to companies exporting North sea crude oil that they expect them to do so in the markets of our European Community and International Energy Agency partners, or where there is an existing pattern of trade. South Africa does not come within any of those categories. The guidelines were announced by the then Secretary of State for Energy on 31 January 1979 [Official Report, col. 461].

United Kingdom petroleum product exports to South Africa (by volume and value)
Volumes (metric tonnes)Value (£'000s; current prices)
198519861987198811989198519861987198811989
Motor spirits and light oils2919157813·810·151·216·31·1
Kerosenes and medium oils141118·51·61·92·0
Gas oils2063243603,9327,84676·0109·8113·2742·41,528·9
Fuel oils240·41·05·6
Lubricants17,1656,8856,2185794345,863·82,733·52,305·5517·5329·5
Petroleum jellies and waxes832741,14880840272·0192·8716·9506·5323·7
Mineral tars and oil derivatives449706131194102152·6309·881·2133·581·4
Pitch and pitch coke12010·44·01·9
Petroleum bitumen and bituminous mixtures4,23811,77710,528109341,830·53,924·03,053·875·530·6
TOTALS22,18520,00818,5485,6318,8188,017·97,286·66,331·21,993·72,295·2
1 January to July only.

Source: Overseas Trade Statistics