HC Deb 26 March 1956 vol 550 cc1754-5
12. Mr. D. Price

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what progress has been made by his Department in research into the methods of shipping liquid gas from overseas oilfields into the United Kingdom.

Mr. Aubrey Jones

Research in this field is being pressed forward by oil companies and others in America. The Gas Council is keeping in close touch with these developments and is also working on the matter itself. There are, however, formidable technical problems associated with the shipment of liquid gas, and I should not like to forecast whether and, if so, how soon they will be satisfactorily solved.

Mr. Price

Will my right hon. Friend give an assurance that his Department will persevere in this line of research, in view of the great potential prizes which are available for large quantities of natural gas throughout the world which are simply going to waste?

Mr. Jones

Most certainly. I am most anxious that this matter should continue to be pursued, although for the time being I would rather refrain from prophecy.

Forward to