§ Mr. John
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what was the volume of imports of oil into Great Britain in the period February to August, 1971, expressed as a percentage of those for the same period in 1970;
(2) what was the cost of imports of oil into Great Britain in the months February to August, 1970; what was the cost for the months February to August, 1971; and what percentage the costs in 1971 bear to the costs in 1970.
§ Mr. Ridley
Imports of crude petroleum in the period February to August were £380 million for 1970 and £542 million for 1971, the latter being 143 per cent. of the former; by weight the corresponding percentage was 110.