HC Deb 10 February 1937 vol 320 c409
71. Mr. E. Smith (for Mr. E. J. Williams)

asked the Secretary for Mines whether he has a further statement to make as regards the commercial success of the Billingham plant; and on what approximate date the Government will undertake the establishment of further plants to extract oil from coal in the special areas?

Dr. Burgin

I have been asked to reply. The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative, and as regards the second part I am not in a position to add anything to the answer given yesterday by my hon. and gallant Friend to the hon. Member for Stoke (Mr. E. Smith).

Mr. Paling

Can the hon. Member say why there is this delay in making a statement? Will it be possible to make a statement in the near future?

Dr. Burgin

The hon. Member will understand that I am answering for my hon. and gallant Friend. Perhaps it is desirable that the question should be put down again.