To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the proposed timescale is for the introduction of licensing for retail petrol stations in Northern Ireland.
Petroleum licensing was introduced in Northern Ireland by the Petroleum (Consolidation) Act (Northern Ireland) 1929. Each district council acts as the petroleum licensing authority for its area. A consultation exercise on proposals to transfer responsibility for petroleum licensing from district councils to the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland has recently ended. Responses to this consultation are currently being analysed.