The possibility of erecting plants to work the Fisher-Tropsch process, to which I assume the Question refers, was carefully examined by a Committee under the chairmanship of Sir William Jowitt, early in 1940. Their conclusions are now being carefully reconsidered, together with all other possible means of reducing the use of imported oil.
My hon. Friend must realise that the report can only be of use when all the essentials in the report are available. For this purpose four or five tons of coal are required to make one ton of oil.