HC Deb 28 November 1973 vol 865 cc142-3W
30. Mr. Churchill

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the current weekly tonnage of oil being loaded in Arab oil-producing countries (a) bound for the United Kingdom, and (b) bound for other EEC countries ; and what were the equivalent figures for each of the previous three months.

Sir Alec Douglas-Home

I regret that figures in the detail for which my hon. Friend has asked are not available. However, figures for the oil arriving in this country are given in the following table. The intake amounted roughly to 8 million tons in August, 5 million in September and 8 million in October. The variations which are given from month to month underline the caution with which monthly, let alone weekly, figures for oil movements must be treated. I should also point out that because of the time taken for oil tankers to travel from the Gulf, most of these figures would relate to cargoes loaded before the introduction of oil embargoes.

(Thousand tons)
August September October
Algeria 280 188 145
Libya 899 396 1,230
Egypt 207
Saudi Arabia 3,037 2,142 2,941
Kuwait 2,680 1,187 2,348
Qatar 506 294 585
Abu Dhabi 144 114 359
Dubai 200 195 58
Oman 81 138 67
Iraq 154 271 152
Total Arab Countries 8,188 4,925 7,885
Total all Sources 11,648 7,568 11,928