Low Temperature Carbonisation (Lancashire)

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13 March 1945.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Brown Mr Thomas Brown , Ince 12:00, 13 March 1945

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if his Department will give consideration to the installation of a low-temperature carbonisation plant in the coalfields of South-West Lancashire as part of the post-war development plan; and with what result.

Major Lloyd George:

If my hon. Friend would supply me with particulars of any scheme he has in mind, I should be very happy to consider them.

Photo of Mr Thomas Brown Mr Thomas Brown , Ince

Do I understand that the Minister's Department has not submitted to my right hon. Friend the proposal for the establishment of this low temperature carbonisation plant?

Major Lloyd Georģe:

I am not aware of it, but, if my hon. Friend will let me have particulars, I will look into it.

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

May I ask whether my right hon. Friend's Department has considered this matter of the development of the oil and coal industries in a general way. Is there a committee?

Major Lloyd Georģe:

A very considerable amount of research is being done at the moment.

Photo of Mr William Foster Mr William Foster , Wigan

Is it not the job of the right hon. and gallant Gentleman's Department to consider these schemes in fulfilment of the Government's promise of full employment?

Major Lloyd Georģe:

It certainly is, and I have said that I would consider them if they were brought to my notice.