HC Deb 18 March 1919 vol 113 cc1918-9
101. Sir K. WOOD

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the resolution of the London County Council referring to the extraction of benzol from manufactured gas and the presence of an unreasonable amount of combustibles; and whether he is taking any steps to improve the quality of gas supplied to London consumers?


I have received a copy of the resolution referred to. I understand that the London gas companies are not now extracting benzol from their gas, and have not done so since the early part of the winter, but stocks of coal in the gasworks in London and throughout the country are still abnormally low, and I am advised by the Coal Controller that any general return to pre-war standards is undesirable until the coal position gets easier.