Coal Derivatives (Wilson Committee)

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th November 1960.

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Photo of Mr Alan Fitch Mr Alan Fitch , Wigan 12:00 am, 28th November 1960

asked the Minister of Power if he will make a statement on the recommendations on organisation of the Wilson Committee on Coal Derivatives contained in paragraph 215, subsections 35–39.

Photo of Hon. Richard Wood Hon. Richard Wood , Bridlington

Both the National Coal Board and the Gas Council agree with the Committee that, in the field covered by its terms of reference, coal is likely to derive the greatest benefit from the improvement of existing methods and the development of new methods of gasification.

I agree with this view and I am discussing with the two industries the best means of giving effect to the Committee's recommendation about work on slagging gasifiers. I accept the other recommendations on organisation, which deal with work on other gasifiers and on producer gas plants.

Photo of Mr Alan Fitch Mr Alan Fitch , Wigan

Will the right hon. Gentleman urge the Gas Council to speed up the job of the Lurgi gasification process? Would not he agree that it is far more important to develop our indigenous resources than to go on importing methane?

Photo of Hon. Richard Wood Hon. Richard Wood , Bridlington

I can assure the hon. Member that the Gas Council is very well aware of the importance of the Lurgi process. I hope that the Lurgi plant in Fife will begin operating next year and that substantial progress will quickly be made with the other Lurgi plant. I think the Gas Council is well aware of the importance of these two.