HC Deb 08 March 1965 vol 708 cc2-3W
38. Mr. Philip Noel-Baker

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works what is the cost to the balance of payments of heating public buildings by oil.

Mr. C. Pannell

It would be too difficult to calculate the exact cost of using oil. The current annual fuel bill for public buildings in the United Kingdom for which I am responsible, is about £4,185,000, of which £1,770,000 is for fuel oil. Much of this latter figure represents sterling payments, for example, expenditure in the United Kingdom on refining and distribution.