§ Mr. Wilson
[holding answer 25 January 2002]: The Institute of Petroleum's (IP) annual "UK Retail Marketing Survey" (last published in March 2001) provides data on the total number of petrol retail outlets in operation in the UK.
The table, using the IP data, shows the number of petrol retail outlets in operation in the UK at the end of 1998, 1999 and 2000. The data for the end of 2001 will not be published until March of this year.387W
Number 1998 13,758 1999 13,716 2000 13,043