HC Deb 23 June 1915 vol 72 cc1180-1W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Board has verified or will verify the test of peat densified, by the Zohrab process as the motive power of a train on the Glasgow and South-Western Railway, with a consumption of 30.4 lbs. of peat per mile as compared with 38 lbs. of coal per mile; the test on the North British Railway from Glasgow to Dundee and back, with a consumption of 31.4 lbs. per mile; and the experience of Messrs. John Marshall and Company, Clyde Boiler Works, Motherwell, of the value of peat in the manufacture of steel: and, seeing that prejudice against peat arises from taking experimental samples from inferior bogs, whether the Board will procure samples for future experiments from deep Irish bogs?


I am aware that there have been certain tests as to the efficiency of peat fuel, but the matter is not one in which my Department has any direct concern, and I have nothing to add to the answer given to the hon. Gentleman on this subject yesterday.