§ Mr. Forman
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what action Her Majesty's Government have taken in their attempts to help solve the refinery problems of the EEC; and if he will make a statement on the Government's current policy on this matter.
§ Mr. Benn
In my view, the main responsibility for solving refinery problems must rest with member States. I would expect the industry to consult the Government and the trade unions representing refinery workers on issues arising in the United Kingdom. The EEC Energy Council will be discussing this subject on 30th May and I will ask it to consider if there are any areas like the import of refined products where Community action would also be useful.