HC Deb 18 December 1912 vol 45 c1506
83. Mr. FELL

asked the Secretary to the Treasury if the funds of the Development Board are available for the purpose of aiding research and experiments in the production of alcohol and other cheap spirits to be used as a substitute for petrol for locomotion; and, if so, if a sum can be set aside for this object?


The answer to the first part of the hon. Member's question is in the negative, unless the researches and experiments proposed have some direct and specific reference to the development of agriculture and fisheries or the other subsidiary purposes mentioned by name in Part I. of the Development and Road Improvement Funds Act, 1909. If the researches and experiments proposed are of this nature and are not intended merely to find a substitute for petrol in motor locomotion generally, any application for an advance from the Development Fund will be considered on its merits.