§ 9. Mr. Geoffrey Cooper
asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the quantity and value of tar, used for 622 refining in this country for the extraction of oils and other chemical contents, imported from hard-currency and soft-currency areas, respectively, in each of the last five years.
§ Sir H. Shawcross
So far as I am aware, there have been no imports of tar for the extraction of oils and other chemicals, except from the Channel Islands, the details of which I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Mr. Cooper
Whilst appreciating that there is not apparently a great import of this material, may I ask my right hon. and learned Friend whether he does not realise that additional supplies of tar and tar acids would be available if we carbonised a larger quantity of the coal at present used for domestic purposes? There are some 40 million tons annually used for domestic purposes, and if that were done, it would not only supply us with smokeless fuel but with the raw materials from which oil could be produced—
§ Mr. Cooper
Does the President of the Board of Trade realise that we could reduce by a quarter the importation of fuel oil and motor spirit if we treated this coal by carbonisation? May I have a reply?
§ Following are the details:
|IMPORTS INTO THE UNITED KINGDOM OF COAL TAR FROM THE CHANNEL ISLANDS|