HC Deb 15 November 1932 vol 270 cc926-7

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether in view of the progress made in the production of oil from coal by hydrogenation and low-temperature carbonisation processes, the Government will grant such assistance as will enable large-scale plants to be erected; and will the Government consider the erection of some of the plants in South Wales?


I am not yet in a position to add anything to what was said on this subject by the Prime Minister on 7th November during the Debate on unemployment.

35. Mr. LEWIS

asked the Secretary for Mines what his Department is doing to encourage investigation as to the possibilities of extracting benzol from coal on a commercial basis?


For a considerable number of years the production of benzol from coal has been carried Oil on a commercial basis. The average annual production of crude benzol during the past three years has amounted to about 48 million gallons.