Alternative Fuel.

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry. – in the House of Commons on 2nd June 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Craven-Ellis Mr William Craven-Ellis , Southampton

asked the Secretary for Mines when the Committee under the chairmanship of Lord Henley is likely to make its report on substitute fuels; and whether this report will be made public?

Photo of Mr David Grenfell Mr David Grenfell , Gower

I would remind the hon. Member that, in answer to a Question by the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent (Mr. Ellis Smith) on 24th March, I stated that the report of Lord Henley's Committee had then just been completed. I regret that it has been decided not to make the report public.

Photo of Mr William Craven-Ellis Mr William Craven-Ellis , Southampton

Can the Minister tell the House why this report will not be made public?

Photo of Mr David Grenfell Mr David Grenfell , Gower

It is deemed not to be entirely necessary and not in the public interest.

Photo of Mr William Craven-Ellis Mr William Craven-Ellis , Southampton

Having regard to the present coal situation, does not the Minister think there is a good deal of scope for the use of substitute fuels?

Photo of Mr David Grenfell Mr David Grenfell , Gower

That possibility has been very fully discussed. I do not think there is any lack of information on that wide subject.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Can the Minister say whether substitute fuels can be used for house fires?

Photo of Mr David Grenfell Mr David Grenfell , Gower

The Question refers to producer gas for road transport.

Photo of Mr Richard Acland Mr Richard Acland , Barnstaple

Are the oil interests likely to be opposing publication?

Photo of Mr David Grenfell Mr David Grenfell , Gower

There is no question of oil interests being involved in this matter so far as I know. I have never heard that suggested.