§ Mr. Churchill
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what estimates he has of the approximate percentage of petrol stations in each region of the United Kingdom where unleaded petrol is currently available; and what information he has on comparable national figures in respect of the other principal countries of western Europe.
§ Mr. Moynihan
[holding answer 24 March 1988]: Figures provided by the United Kingdom Petroleum Industry Association on the percentages of petrol stations in the United Kingdom which sell unleaded petrol are as follows:
Per cent. England and Wales 3.7 Scotland 3.8 Northern Ireland 1.5
Percentage figures are not available on a regional basis but at 15 February the numbers of stations were:
Per cent. Wales 27 Scotland 59 Northern Ireland 14 England: East Midlands 42 Eastern 102 Greater London 98 North West 70 Northern Region 13 South East 114 South West 67 West Midlands 53 Yorkshire and Humberside 54
The total number is growing rapidly.
Other countries of western Europe fall into one of two categories: either unleaded petrol is available at virtually all retail outlets, or, as in the United Kingdom, it is in the process of becoming more widely available. The Federal Republic of Germany and Switzerland fall into the former category, France and Italy into the latter. For these two countries, the approximate percentages of retail outlets selling unleaded petrol are:
Per cent. France 1.6 Italy 2.5
§ Mr. Kennedy
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will provide information available to 305W him on the regional breakdown of the numbers of unleaded petrol outlets; what studies his Department has either commissioned or undertaken into the projected growth path of unleaded petrol; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Moynihan
On the first part of his question, I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Davyhulme (Mr. Churchill) today.
Figures provided by the United Kingdom Petroleum Industry Association show that in mid-February there were 715 stations in the United Kingdom selling unleaded petrol. The number of outlets is expected to increase
Non-governmental Organisations Names Professional Designations Automobile Association Mr. M. W. R. Frost Head of Consumer and Current Affairs Association of Fleet Car Operators Mr. J. J. Hughes National Secretary Association of United UK Oil Independents Mr. R. Burge Deputy Chairman British Tourist Authority Mr. C. D. Barnard Assistant Director: Policy British Motorcycle Federation Mr. T. Blower Consultant to Government Relations Committee British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association Mr. C. Sherlock Operations Manager Campaign for Lead-Free Air (CLEAR) Dr. R. Russell-Jones Chairman CLEAR Charitable Trust Mr. D. Wilson Organisation Chairman Consumers Association Mr. D. Prentice Campaigns Manager Federation of Petroleum Suppliers Mr. E. J. Rowson Executive Secretary Highland & Island Development Board Mr. R. D. Cramond Deputy Chairman Mid-Wales Development Board Mr. P. Pettigrew Director of Economic Development Motor Agents Association/Petrol Retailers Association Mr. C. H. Ainsley Deputy Director and Secretary Motorcycle Association Mr. T. Waterer Technical Officer Royal Automobile Club Mr. J. Smeaton Public Policy Manager Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Mr. B. K. Saunders Senior Technical Manager UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA) Dr. I. Berwick Director General
The Departments of Energy, of Trade and Industry and of Transport, HM Customs and Excise and the Scottish Development Department are represented at official level. The United Kingdom national committee for the European Year of the Environment was represented during the year.