Oil: Refineries

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Conservative, New Forest East

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on the comparative regulatory burdens on the UK oil refining industry in (a) the UK, (b) India and (c) Saudi Arabia; what effect such differences have on the competitiveness of the UK oil refining industry; what steps he plans to take to create a level playing field; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The UK has an open and competitive market for oil refining that we consider to be in the best long-term interest of consumers, with regulation under UK and EU competition, environmental and health and safety regimes.

DECC is currently working with the industry to examine the global risks and challenges that could impact on the competitiveness of the UK refining industry in the longer term. This will form the basis for a strategic policy framework for the UK refining sector.

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