Motor Vehicles (Compressed Gas Fuel).

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 16th February 1938.

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Photo of Mr Walter Higgs Mr Walter Higgs , Birmingham West

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that in Berlin there is one omnibus route covering 2,460 miles daily running entirely on high-pressure gas, and in Hanover coal-gas is being retailed at approximately two-fifths the price of petrol; and, in view of the fact that the Birmingham Corporation has spent £5,000 on successful experimental work, is he prepared to collaborate with them to further the development of compressed gas, which would be of great benefit in the case of national emergency?

Photo of Mr Edward Burgin Mr Edward Burgin , Luton

I am aware generally of the experiments which have been made in the use of compressed gas as a fuel for motor vehicles, and shall welcome the opportunity to study further any developments in this field.

Photo of Sir Louis Smith Sir Louis Smith , Sheffield, Hallam

Does not the Minister consider that this is a very important question; and will he, in the interests of national economy and in the interests of the coal industry, give instructions to his Department to have every point carefully examined?

Photo of Mr Edward Burgin Mr Edward Burgin , Luton

I think that that follows automatically. I have already said that I shall welcome the study of further developments. I am well informed on the matter, and I appreciate the interests to which my hon. Friend has referred.