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Part of Energy and Climate Change – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 26th January 2012.

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Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change 10:30 am, 26th January 2012

It is a very serious question and I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for pursuing it further. Some of the crude produced in this country is not suitable for use here because of the diesel demand and therefore it is exported, and the diesel fuel tends to have to be imported, which results in an imbalance. Through the downstream oil infrastructure forum we are looking at the industry’s strategy to put in place a long-term programme to assess how we can support and build up that industry, and the role of international investors is critical to that process.