HC Deb 27 July 1914 vol 65 cc917-8

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he has recently sent a representative to inquire into the oil resources of Trinidad; and, if so, when does he expect a final Report?

The FIRST LORD of the ADMIRALTY (Mr. Churchill)

No representative has been sent to Trinidad specially for the purpose referred to. The Admiralty have taken advantage of one of Professor Cad-man's periodical visits to the Colony in his capacity as adviser on petroleum questions to the Colonial Government to ask him to obtain some additional particulars to supplement those which are regularly supplied by the Governor of Trinidad through the Colonial Office.


Would the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of postponing the Anglo-Persian Oil contract until he has ascertained whether he can get enough oil within the confines of the British Empire?


No, Sir, certainly not.

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