HC Deb 14 December 1987 vol 124 c353W
36. Mr. Devlin

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what is his current estimate of the length of time for which Britain will he self-sufficient in oil; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Morrison

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave earlier today in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Rochford (Dr. Clark). Current estimates lead my Department to believe that the United Kingdom's self-sufficiency in oil could last well into the 1990s.