HC Deb 21 December 1973 vol 866 c492W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will indicate the throughput of British refineries in each of the past six months and compare these figures with total refinery capacity.

Mr. Tom Boardman

The latest complete month's figures for refinery throughput are for October, and the figures below therefore relate to the period May to October 1973:

Month Refinery through put (million tons)
May 8.9
June 9.4
July 9.5
August 9.7
September 9.0
October 10.1

Refinery capacity in the United Kingdom has increased from a maximum theoretical level of 122 million tons per annum at the beginning of 1973 to 139 million tons per annum at the present time.