Motor Vehicles (Coal-gas)

Oral Answers to Questions — Fuel and Power – in the House of Commons on 8th September 1942.

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Photo of Sir Norman Hulbert Sir Norman Hulbert , Stockport

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power, under what conditions the use of coal-gas is permitted as a propellant of private and commercial vehicles and whether any control is exercised over the price which may be charged for coal-gas used for this purpose?

Major Lloyd George:

The use of coal-gas as a propellant for vehicles has been made subject to licence, in order to conserve fuel and materials. The licences, which are issued by Regional Transport Commissioners of the Ministry of War Transport, will only be issued to vehicles engaged on essential work. The price of gas supplied to vehicles should not exceed that charged to ordinary domestic consumers, which is subject to the control imposed by the enactments relating to the particular undertaking concerned; but a charge would no doubt be made for compression, and this is not subject to control.