HC Deb 13 October 1942 vol 383 c1475
26. Viscount Hmohingbrooke

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is satisfied that the maximum reduction in heating and lighting is being obtained from factories now no longer fully staffed due to the concentration of industries scheme?

Major Lloyd George

The use of fuel by firms whose activities had been reduced in consequence of industrial concentration was made the subject of careful inquiry earlier this year; and my predecessor was satisfied that there was then no excessive consumption of fuel. In view, however, of the urgent need for securing all possible economies, I am proposing, in consultation with my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade, to institute further detailed inquiries into those industries which show best promise of economy.

Mr. Thorne

Is the Minister aware that while no fire is allowed to be lighted in the Library, there was a big fire allowed in the Lords?

Major Lloyd George

I know that, Sir, but I would not call this a factory not fully staffed.

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