HC Deb 02 May 1966 vol 727 cc70-1W
Mr. Lubbock

asked the Minister of Power what study he has made of the variation in cost of refining oil according to the size of the oil refinery; and whether he is satisfied that his powers are adequate to ensure maximum economy of operations in the oil refining industry.

Mr. Marsh

Economies of scale are important in oil refining but distribution costs and other factors have also to be considered. The companies themselves decide the size of their refineries but I shall be keeping a close watch on refinery development.