HC Deb 06 April 1937 vol 322 cc2-3
1. Mr. W. Joseph Stewart

asked the Secretary for Mines the total output of oil from coal in this country from low-temperature carbonisation and by hydrogenation, respectively, during the years 1934, 1935, and 1936, and the average cost per gallon?

The Secretary for Mines (Captain Crookshank)

The production of motor spirit by low temperature carbonisation was nearly 750,000 gallons in each of the years 1934 and 1935. In addition, the production of tar and tar oils amounted to nearly 4,500,000 gallons in 1934 and over 5,000,000 gallons in 1935. Particulars for 1936 are not yet available. There was no production by hydrogenation prior to 1935. The production in that year by the hydrogenation of coal and tar oils (including some low temperature tar) was nearly 21,000,000 gallons of motor spirit and in 1936 rather more than 33,000,000 gallons. No heavy oil was produced. I am not able to supply information as to the cost of these products.