HC Deb 08 December 1931 vol 260 c1668
23. Mr. SOPER

asked the Secretary for Mines whether, in view of the recent low-temperature carbonisation plants erected on the Continent, using a British process, he will take steps to assist British coalowners to establish this industry in Great Britain, thus providing employment and profitably utilising small coal and producing clean smokeless fuel with the recovery of motor spirit and valuable oils?


I am following the development of this process, in this country and elsewhere, with great interest, but I cannot add anything to the reply which I gave on the 18th November to a question by the hon. Member for Spennymoor (Mr. Batey).

Vice-Admiral TAYLOR

Has there been any advance at all in this matter in this country?


Constant advances are being made. This is primarily a matter for the business interests concerned; it is not a Government activity, except in the way of encouragement and assistance by way of research.