HC Deb 27 February 1976 vol 906 cc362-3W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether it is intended that the BNOC should enter refining within the next decade, either through direct equity participation or through paying a commission fee on the refining of the Corporation's throughput.

Mr. John Smith

The BNOC will be formulating its disposal policy for crude oil in due course. To refine petroleum itself it would require my consent under Section 2(4)(b) of the Petroleum and Submarine Pipe-lines Act 1975.