HC Deb 08 December 1980 vol 995 cc247-8W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what is the production of methanol in the United Kingdom and the several members of the European Economic Community; and if he will list the source materials.

Mr. David Mitchell

The latest information is as follows:—

Production of Methanol 1978
'000 tonnes
France 347
Germany FR 800
Italy 156

Source: Economic Commission for Europe-Annual review of the chemical industry.

Information on United Kingdom production of methanol cannot be disclosed because of confidentiality provisions of the Statistics of Trade Act 1947. Information for the remaining members of the European Community is not available.

Methanol is produced from a number of feedstocks, of which natural gas and oil-based products are the most common.

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