§ 26. Mr. G. MACDONALD
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air the quantity of oil used by the Air Ministry during each of the three years ended 31st December, 1930; and how much of this was oil extracted from British coal in this country?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for AIR (Mr. Montague)
As regards the first part of the question, I regret that it is not in the public interest to give the information for which my hon. Friend asks. As regards the second part, only a small quantity of oil fuel extracted from British coal was con- 1167 sumed: it was used for experimental purposes.
§ Mr. CHARLES WILLIAMS
Can the hon. Gentleman say if the amount of British oil in this matter is being increased, and is he trying to increase the amount?
§ Mr. MONTAGUE
There is a very small amount used entirely for experimental purposes. I cannot say what will be the result of the experiment.
§ Rear-Admiral BEAMISH
Can the hon. Member say, at any rate, what proportion of the oil used by the British aircraft came from the British Empire?