HC Deb 12 December 1927 vol 211 cc1846-7
60. Colonel DAY

asked the President of the Board of Education whether it is intended to publish the results of the investigations that have been made at the fuel research station on the Bergius process for the extraction of oil from coal; and can he state whether any and, if so, which English systems for the foregoing purpose have been investigated?


The question of publication of the results hitherto obtained at the Fuel Research Station, Greenwich, is now under consideration, but it is probable that publication will be delayed until the investigations have been further advanced. No English process for the conversion of coal into oil by hydrogenation has been brought to the notice of the Fuel Research Board. As regards low-temperature carbonisation, besides the work undertaken at the Fuel Sesearch Station, investigations have been conducted into, and reports have been published on, the following English processes:

  • The "Parker" plant at Barugh.
  • The Midland Coal Products, Limited, plant at Netherfield.
  • The "Fusion" rotary retort.
  • The "Freeman" multiple retort of the British Oil and Fuel Conservation, Limited.
  • The "Crozier" retort.
The report on the last-mentioned is now in the Press.

Colonel DAY

Can the hon. Member say, in view of the great importance of this Report, how much longer it will be before it is published?

Duchess of ATHOLL

I regret that I am not able to answer that question without notice.


Has the hon. Member seen a report in the Press of the £12,500,000 capital for a German process?

Duchess of ATHOLL

I cannot answer that question without notice.