HC Deb 14 May 1941 vol 371 cc1198-9
28. Mr. David Adams

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether experiments in Palestine in the production of synthetic fuel oil from soya beans have yet reached a stage of practical utility; and what area the Government of Palestine propose to cultivate during the present year?

The Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr. George Hall)

I am not aware that experiments of this kind are in progress in Palestine, where the local production of oil seeds is wholly absorbed by the demand for edible oils and ample supplies of natural fuel oil are available. So far as I am aware, there has never been any cultivation of soya beans in Palestine except on a small scale as an experimental crop.

Mr. Adams

If I send the Minister details of the information I have received on this subject, will he go into the matter?

Mr. Hall

Yes, Sir.

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