HC Deb 18 November 1957 vol 578 c14
21. Sir W. Anstruther-Gray

asked the Paymaster General, whether his attention has been called to the doubts expressed by the Chairman of the National Industrial Fuel Efficiency Service lest the campaign for fuel saving in industry should suffer for lack of finance; and what steps he proposes to meet this situation.

Mr. Maudling

I sympathise with the anxiety of the Chairman of N.I.F.E.S. to promote fuel efficiency by all possible means. I fear, however, that it is impossible, in present circumstances, to contemplate further special measures to help industry to finance the installation of more efficient plant.

Sir W. Anstruther-Gray

Is my right hon. Friend not aware of the strong feeling that we are not pressing on sufficiently vigorously in this matter of fuel economy? Will not he think the matter over again?

Mr. Maudling

I agree that there is a great deal still to be done, but the Government are helping by the loan scheme and investment allowances. The main requirement is for industry as a whole to recognise the great benefits which will flow to it from the installation of modern, efficient fuel utilisation plant.