§ Mr. Janner
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power to what extent the Royal Navy is dependent on the United States of America for supplies of high-octane fuel; and what steps are being taken to remedy that situation.
Mr. Janner asked
the Minister of Fuel and Power to what extent British airlines are dependent on the United States of American for supplies of high-octane fuel; and to what extent, it is estimated, 112W this dependence will be remedied when the new large oil refineries in Great Britain are completed.
§ Mr. Janner
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power to what extent the Royal Air Force is dependent on supplies of high-octane fuel from the United States of America; and what steps are being taken to remedy the situation.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd
The requirements of the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy and the British air lines for high-octane fuel are supplied by the British and American oil companies who distribute this fuel. Only small quantities are currently made in the United Kingdom and the companies draw the bulk of their supplies both for the United Kingdom and for the rest of their world-wide trade partly from their refineries in the East and West Indies, and partly from the United States of America. With the completion of the United Kingdom refinery expansion programme the quantity of aviation spirit made in this country will be substantially increased. The United Kingdom will, however, still import part of its supplies.