HC Deb 05 March 1946 vol 420 c158
23. Captain Marsden

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power in view of the shortage of furnace coal throughout the country whether steps are being taken to provide petroleum fuel oil for coal in furnaces.

Mr. Shinwell

The point referred to by the hon. and gallant Member is one to which consideration has been given, but in the immediate future there is little prospect of being able to increase materially the supplies of fuel oil in this country. The possibilities of securing larger supplies is being pursued and when the investigations have been completed I shall be prepared to make a statement.