asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether, before putting in force the fuel rationing scheme, he will consider the position of the Bedwellty Urban District Council, who produce no gas themselves but take it from the Rhymney and Aber Gas Company who in turn take it from the Powell Duffryn Associated coke-oven plant at Bargoed; that this gas will continue to be made even if not taken and used, as this company make large quantities of coke for steel making; and, as no coal would be saved by rationing gas in this area, will he give special consideration to the matter?
Major Lloyd George:
I agree with my hon. Friend that reduction of domestic consumption of gas is undesirable in districts where gas is a by-product of industrial processes, and where no corresponding saving of coal would be effected. I hope, if rationing is introduced, that it will be possible to allow unrestricted consumption of surplus gas, while retaining control of the consumption of other fuels.