HC Deb 14 April 1919 vol 114 cc2494-5
54. Mr. KIDD

asked the Prime Minister whether he can offer any assurance that the Scottish oil industry, which has no monopoly of the home market in its products, such as British coal enjoys, and whose products, obtained by the application of science to shale otherwise of no economic value, are in active competition at all times with the natural oil wells in other parts of the world, shall not be permitted, because of any increase in costs consequent on the recommendations of Mr. Justice Sankey's Commission, to suffer destruction, but that any such injury to the interests of the thousands of Scottish people engaged in the oil industry or the destruction of the capital employed therein will be avoided, if need be, by the imposition of a tariff operating against foreign products competing with those of the Scottish oil industry?


The whole question of the Scottish shale industry is receiving careful consideration, and no statement can be made pending the result of the inquiries that are now being undertaken