§ 35. Mr. SHINWELL
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what proportion of the oil fuel consumed in vessels of the Fleet is derived from shale produced in Scotland?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the ADMIRALTY (Lieut.-Colonel Headlam)
Scotch shale oil was consumed in vessels of the Fleet to the extent of approximately 2 per cent. of the Fleet expenditure during the financial year 1927–1928.
§ Mr. SHINWELL
Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that it is the considered policy of the Government to advise the purchase of British goods, and, having regard to that fact, is it not desirable that the Admiralty should purchase larger quantities of Scottish shale oil?
§ Lieut.-Colonel HEADLAM
It would be very pleasant indeed if the Admiralty could afford to do so, but unfortunately it is too expensive.