HC Deb 02 December 1920 vol 135 cc1464-5W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has received any Report from our trade commissioners in Canada as to openings for British trade, enterprise, or labour in connection with oil discoveries north of Edmonton: if so, can he make a statement thereon: and, if not, will he obtain Reports of developments and possibilities in connection with the Canadian oilfields generally?


Full reports of the recent discoveries of oil at Fort Norman, north of Edmonton, have been received from His Majesty's Trade Commissioner at Winnipeg, who is watching developments closely in the interests of British trade. The Trade Commissioner has been instructed to report all fresh developments without delay. It is important to remember that oil has not been so far discovered in large commercial quantities except at Fort Norman on the Mackenzie river, 1,600 miles north of Edmonton, where climatic and other conditions tend to restrict immediate development.