HC Deb 15 November 1920 vol 134 cc1534-5W

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps, if any, have been taken by his Department to remove the present prohibitive duties on all classes of mixed alcohol fuels, having regard to the admitted shortage of petrol and the effect of this shortage upon the motor industries of this country?


The Board of Trade have for some time past been in communication with the Commissioners of Customs and Excise with regard to the duties on power alcohol, and the matter is still the subject of correspondence with that Department.


asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the United States Treasury, which, like the Governments of South Africa, Kenya Colony, India, and Australia, permits the importation and use of industrial alcohol, have adopted three formulas for denaturing fuels made from alcohol; that either of these formulas may be used by the producers of industrial alcohol; and could the British Treasury adopt the same formulas?


I am informed that various formulas have been adopted by the United States Government. As I have already pointed out to the hon. Member, the question of a suitable denaturant for power methylated spirits is under consideration.