HC Deb 21 February 1939 vol 344 c219W
Major Procter

asked the Secretary for Mines how much oil was produced in the Empire in 1937 and 1938, respectively; and how much oil was consumed in the United Kingdom last year?

Captain Crookshank

The production of crude petroleum in the British Empire in 1937 was approximately 6 million tons. The quantity of refined oils (including production from shale, coal and coal products) available for consumption in the United Kingdom during the same year was about 10.3 million tons. This figure includes 1.4 million tons of fuel oil shipped for the use of vessels engaged in the foreign trade (including fishing vessels). Particulars for 1938 are not yet available.