Coal Liquefaction

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Energy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th May 1983.

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Photo of Mr John Moore Mr John Moore , Croydon Central 12:00 am, 9th May 1983

I thought that I had just made clear what was happening. I did so in reply to the hon. Member for Flint, East (Mr. Jones), who has a particular constituency interest. It looks as though construction will go on in midterm. Whatever passion is raised on the issue, there is no point in encouraging the throwing of money at issues. It serves only the vanity of politicians.

The Government are concerned to ensure that the technical and commercial long-term prospects for the project are realised. That is the aim of the policy, and we shall continue to apply rigid disciplines to the use of taxpayers' money.