HC Deb 06 March 1947 vol 434 cc631-2
27. Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what quantity of petrol was exported from Britain during the quarter ended 31st December, 1946; and to what countries.

The Minister of Fuel and Power (Mr. Shinwell)

As the answer contains a number of figures I will circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Sir T. Moore

As there are a number of figures it can be assumed that there is a large quantity of petrol being exported, but why should we export any petrol since we are going short in our own country both for industrial and private consumption?

Mr. Shinwell

The amount of actual export is not large.

Following is the answer:

The exports of petrol from Britain during the quarter ended 31st December, 1946, were as follows:
Country of Destination. Exports. (Tons). Re-Exports. (Tons). Total (Tons).
Eire 5,123.3 5,123.3
Channel Islands. 54.6 2,708.2 2,762.8
Barbados 1.5 1.5
Gibraltar 0.2 0.2
Malta 0.1 0.1
Norway 1,941.8 4,125.9 6,067.7
Denmark 160.3 160.3
Faroe Islands 5.7 310.1 315.8
Sweden 3.0 3.0
Belgium 0.4 0.4
Dutch Borneo 0.1 0.1
TOTAL 2,164.3 12,270.9 14,435.2