§ 46. Mr. T. SMITH
asked the Lord President of the Council whether the Fuel Research Board has been or will be asked to report upon what is stated to be a new carbonisation process of the National Coke and Oil Company, Limited; and whether the report, if any, is regarded as satisfactory?
§ The LORD PRESIDENT of the COUNCIL (Mr. Baldwin)
No formal application has been received from the National Coke and Oil Company, Limited, for a test of their process. The Director of Fuel Research has discussed the question of a test with representatives of the company, and the plant has been visited by officers of the Fuel Research Station to determine how a test might be carried out, but in the absence of a test no report can be made by the Director of Fuel Research.
§ Mr. T. WILLIAMS
In the interests not only of the mining industry but of the investing public will the right hon. Gentleman try to obtain a real test as a guide to those who are interested in the question?
§ Mr. BALDWIN
We have been perfectly willing, but any delay is not the fault of the Government. We have been waiting for a long time, but have heard no further from this company.