HC Deb 27 October 1920 vol 133 c1773W

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps, if any, are now being taken to discover new sources of oil fuel and oil shales in this country; and whether the Government have yet arrived at a definite policy with regard to any oil fuels that may be discovered in this country?


In addition to 11 Government borings in Derbyshire, Staffordshire, and Scotland, three licences have been granted to companies or persons wishing to bore for petroleum. A company is now engaged in developing the oil shale deposits of Norfolk. With regard to the second part of the question, the matter is still under consideration.