HC Deb 08 May 1928 vol 217 cc183-4W

asked the President of the Board of Trade how much benzol was consumed in this country during the last year to the most convenient date; what proportion of this was manufactured in England; and what proportion was manufactured abroad?


The retained imports of benzol in 1927 amounted to 13 million gallons. Precise figures of the production in this country in 1927 are not available, but the National Benzole Association have estimated that production in that year amounted to approximately 26 million gallons of refined benzol. The exports in 1927 amounted to nearly two million gallons. Thus the con-

Month. Consigned from Denmark. Consigned from Netherlands. Total consigned from foreign countries in Europe.
Cwts. Cwts. Cwts.
January to November
December 2,846 2,846
January 136 3,709 3,845
February 2,562 2,562
March 2,100 2,100
April 292 292

Note.—The above figures are provision 1.

sumption in 1927 (apart from any changes in stocks) may be estimated at some 37 million gallons, and of this amount nearly two-thirds was home-produced.