HC Deb 28 February 1972 vol 832 c19W
85. Mr. Edwin Wainwright

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the cost to public funds of the storage of crude oil over each of the past five years; and what is the estimated cost for the year 1972–73.

Sir J. Eden

I am unable to add to the information about oil storage shown in the Civil Appropriation Accounts for the Ministry of Power 1966–67 Class IV Vote 18, 1967–70, Class IV Vote 17 and the Department of Trade and Industry (Industrial Services) 1970–71, Class IV Vote 15. That for the year 1972–73 will be shown in Supply Estimates, Department of Trade and Industry (Industrial Services) Class IV Vote 5, to be published shortly.

The storage of commercial oil is not a charge on public funds.