Kettle Boiling.

Oral Answers to Questions — Fuel and Power. – in the House of Commons on 21st July 1942.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he has estimated which uses the least amount of coal to boil a kettle—a coal fire, a gas burner, or an electric stove?

Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

It is impossible to give such an estimate without regard to the circumstances in which the kettle is boiled. I am hoping in the near future to issue guidance to the public, so that they may judge how to make the best use, in any particular circumstance, of the appliances they have available.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

In households where there are alternative means of heating and cooking, could not the Minister of Fuel and Power give some lead to people for using their fuel in the most economical way?

Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

I have told the hon. Member that in the near future we hope to give some guidance, but a little thought will show that if there happens to be a fire already burning as well as a gas burner, it is better to boil the kettle on the fire.