Fisher-Tropsch Process.

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry. – in the House of Commons on 12th March 1942.

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Photo of Mr Ivor Thomas Mr Ivor Thomas , Keighley

asked the Secretary for Mines whether, in order to increase the supply of home-produced motor fuel and to develop alternative sources for fats, he will consider the establishment in this country of a plant for the synthesis of oil from water-gas?

Photo of Mr David Grenfell Mr David Grenfell , Gower

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.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Are we to understand that although a Committee considered this matter early in 1940, it is only now being considered?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

That it is only now being reconsidered?

Photo of Mr David Grenfell Mr David Grenfell , Gower

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.

Photo of Mr Alfred Edwards Mr Alfred Edwards , Middlesbrough East

Is the best use being made of creosote oil?