HC Deb 24 February 1972 vol 831 cc338-9W
Mr. Delargy

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much inflammable material is stored at West Thurrock and Purfleet; and what risk there is of explosion there.

Mr. Sharples

The only information available in the Home Office relates to petroleum installations licensed under the Petroleum (Consolidation) Act, 1928. A total of 567,500 water tons of petroleum spirit and 498,940 water tons of other inflammable petroleum products is stored at the three major petroleum installations in West Thurrock and Purfleet. An explosion can occur if petroleum spirit vapour, in certain concentrations in air, becomes ignited, but the licensing conditions for petroleum installations are designed to reduce such risks to a minimum.