HC Deb 29 April 1952 vol 499 cc1198-9
7. Mr. William Shepherd

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works, as representing the Lord President of the Council, what research is being carried on in this country for the utilisation of the sun's rays.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works (Mr. Hugh Molson)

The Department of Scientific and Industrial Research is aware of the importance of this matter. At their request the Director of the National Physical Laboratory has convened a committee which is investigating the possibility of utilising solar energy. Some research on the subject has already, I understand, been undertaken by the Imperial College of Science and Technology.

Mr. E. Shinwell

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this is one of the few subjects upon which the Lord President of the Council made no promises at the General Election, and, as it was not contained in the Tory manifesto, why is he making promises now?

Mr. Molson

In this, as in so many other matters, the Government intend to do better than their election promises.

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