HC Deb 21 March 1944 vol 398 c658
33. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power upon what basis the Government's policy for the erection of plant for producing oil from coal and synthetic fuel was settled; and will be issue a White Paper giving the full facts and a report of the consultations and negotiations that took place.

Major Lloyd George

I would refer my hon. Friend to the Report of the Falmouth Committee, issued in 1938, which was an important element in determining the Government's pre-war policy in these matters. During the war the production and use of liquid products from coal carbonisation have been developed to the fullest possible extent.

Mr. Smith

On that important issue, has it not been proved that I.C.I, and I.G. Germany, and several other oil companies, arrived at an agreement with a view to allocating world markets? If so, can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman say whether any representatives of the I.C.I, will be responsible for advising the Government in connection with this matter?

Major Lloyd George

I could not reply to that question without notice.