HC Deb 03 December 1951 vol 494 cc2008-9
37. Miss Ward

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he has considered the possibility for new generating plants of firing them by oil instead of coal.

Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd

Yes, Sir, I am already studying this matter and I am grateful to my hon. Friend for bringing it forward. The use of oil however arises more helpfully in regard to existing power stations.

Mr. Hobson

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the policy of firing water tube boilers by fuel oil is a very expensive and uneconomic proposition? Further, is he aware that it has a very deleterious effect on men who have to work in the power stations, particularly so far as cleaning of boiler tubes is concerned?

Mr. Lloyd

I am advised that it is technically possible, and that in a very acute coal situation it may have to be considered.