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Welsh Garages

Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many rural filling stations and garages there were in Wales in 1991; how many there are now; and if she will make a statement. [117518]

Historical and current data on rural filing stations numbers is not collected.However, as part of my Downstream Oil Industry Forum initiative I have set up a Rural Task Force, which is currently developing a working definition of a rural filing station in order that numbers can be determined, and appropriate measures agreed.