HC Deb 27 February 1939 vol 344 cc896-7
49. Mr. Chorlton

asked the Paymaster-General, as representing the Lord President of the Council, whether, in view of the national importance of the question, he will consider instituting a more ex tended series of research in connection with the use of fine coal-dust in Diesel-engine cylinders?

The Paymaster-General (Earl Winterton)

No, Sir. My Noble Friend is satisfied that the scope of the work at the Fuel Research Station on the coal-dust engine is adequate in the light of existing circumstances. My hon. Friend will appreciate that the scale upon which research work can be conducted effectively is determined by the stage already reached. I may add that the station maintains the closest touch with engineering firms likely to be interested in the solution of the problem, and has the benefit of their advice in the formulation of the programme of research.

Mr. Chorlton

Does not my Noble Friend think, in view of the importance of this subject, that it is worth while starting up additional firms to undertake the work, as well as the fuel research laboratory?

Earl Winterton

No, I do not think so. I understand my hon. Friend received from my Noble Friend's predecessor a statement of the subject showing the very extensive nature of the research work which is being carried out by this body.