HC Deb 28 March 1988 vol 130 cc304-5W
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
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 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.