§ 23. Mr. Knapman
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what is the projected level of demand for oil in the26W United Kingdom over the next three years; and what proportion of this will be met by output from the United Kingdom's own fields.
§ Mr. Parkinson
In 1987 the level of oil demand in the United Kingdom was 75 million tonnes. Over the next three years, we do not expect the level of demand to be very different. At this level, last year's production was 64 per cent. higher than self-sufficiency. On current estimates of future oil production, the United Kingdom is likely to remain self-sufficient well into the 1990s.