Fuel-Saving Devices.

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry. – in the House of Commons on 10th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

asked the Secretary for Mines whether any examination has taken place into the usefulness of so-called fuel-savers offered to the public; and with what results?

Photo of Mr David Grenfell Mr David Grenfell , Gower

I assume that the so-called "fuel savers" mentioned are the chemicals sold for spraying over coal or coke. Several of these preparations were carefully tested on coal fires a number of years ago, on behalf of the Fuel Research Board, and found to have no effect. A similar investigation, made more recently by the United States Bureau of Mines, showed that treatment with certain proprietary products made no difference on tests of commercial boilers.

Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

Is not my hon. Friend aware that one of these products upon analysis proved to be nothing more than common salt, and are there no means of taking action in order to protect the public?

Photo of Mr David Grenfell Mr David Grenfell , Gower

Unless these people can be proved to be committing fraud, I certainly think that I have no ground for taking action against them.