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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 414

Mr Hayden asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development and Energy, upon notice, on 2 April 1 980:

What quantity of Liquefied Petroleum Gas was consumed by (1) automobiles; (2) household consumers; (3) industrial users and (4) other users in (a) 1975, (b) 1976, (c) 1977, (d) 1978 and (e) 1979.

Mr Anthony - The Minister for National Development and Energy has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The information as requested by the honourable member is not available; however, information obtained from industry sources give an indicative breakdown of consumption for 1 979 as follows:

LPG consumed as a fuel- ('000 tonnes)

Automotive use....... 40

Household use........ 220

Industrial and other use..... 215

Total Consumption..... 475

LPG consumed as a feedstock- 50,000 tonnes.

In the past, comprehensive data on LPG consumption was not collected, as LPG was regarded as a minor fuel. With the changing energy scene, LPG has gained considerably in importance and, since January 1980, has been added to the list of major fuels, consumption of which is collected monthly. Steps are in hand to collect an appropriate dissection on a regular basis.

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