Let $p_n$ be the $n$th prime. Then this paper is concerned with
proving the following result on the distribution of consecutive primes.
Theorem.}\begin{equation}\sum_{p_{n+1}-p_n>x^{\frac 12},\ x \leq p_n \leq 2x} (p_{n+1}-p_n)
\llx^{\frac{25}{36}+\epsilon}.\end{equation}
The exponent of $x$ in this theorem improves on the work
of Heath-Brown who proved $(1)$ with exponent $\frac 34$. Under the Riemann hypothesis one can prove$(1)$ with
exponent $\frac 12$.The proof of the theorem starts with the Heath-Brown--Linnik identity which leads to a
formula giving the number of primes in an interval in terms of coefficients of certain Dirichlet series. I
then estimate the coefficients by using, among other things, the information which can be gained from
Montgomery's mean value theorem and Huxley's version of the Hal\' asz lemma. Furthermore, by using familiar
sieve arguments I am able to discard some of the coefficients allowing us to gain an improvement over the
previous result of Heath-Brown.
1991 Mathematics Subject Classification: 11N05.