§ 23. Mr. Cronin
asked the Minister of Power if he will give an approximate estimate of the quantity and value of liquid methane gas imported by the gas industry in 1959 or in any recent convenient 12 month period.
§ 31. Mr. A. Roberts
asked the Minister of Power what volume of liquid gas has been imported since the commencement of the experiment with this form of fuel.
§ Mr. Cronin
Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that the importation of this methane is justified, in view of the very large amount of coal available for gasification?
§ Mr. Wood
These are experimental cargoes, and I have not yet had made to me any specific proposals for importing this methane on a commercial scale. I pointed out to the House two or three months ago that the importation of liquid methane would not necessarily be to the disadvantage of coal. The hon. Member for Bosworth (Mr. Wyatt) has just been directing our attention to important processes for the gasification of coal Which provide a "lean" gas which needs enrichment by some such method as this.
§ Mr. Roberts
How long are these experiments likely to continue? Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that if the experiments are successful there should be some consultation with the National Coal Board?