HC Deb 26 April 1933 vol 277 cc101-2
16. Mr. L. SMITH

asked the Secretary for Mines whether, in view of the policy of the Government to support production of oil from British coal by every available process, be can state why special assistance has so far only been rendered to the process of obtaining such oil by low-temperature carbonisation?

The SECRETARY for MINES (Mr. Ernest Brown)

The suggestion contained in the second part of my hon. Friend's question is so widely at variance with the actual facts that I should be grateful if he would give me an opportunity of explaining the situation to him.