Oil Shale, West Somerset.

Oral Answers to Questions — Fuel and Power. – in the House of Commons on 4th August 1942.

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Photo of Mr Vernon Bartlett Mr Vernon Bartlett , Bridgwater

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether, in view of the scarcity of oil, he will reconsider the potentialities of petrol and lubricating oil production from West Somerset oil shale?

Major Lloyd George:

As the hon. Member is aware, this question has been fully investigated. There is no reason to suppose that another investigation would lead to different conclusions.

Photo of Mr Vernon Bartlett Mr Vernon Bartlett , Bridgwater

Will the Minister bear in mind that this shale has a very high oil content, that the investigation was not considered satisfactory by a certain number of neutral experts, and that the need for oil has become very much greater since then?