§ Mr. HARDIE
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can give the lowest consumption of coal used in 991W the production of electrical energy in the United Kingdom, taking the production on the basis of the unit?
§ Colonel ASHLEY
I have been asked to answer this question. The returns for the year ending 31st March, 1923, are not yet complete. For the previous year, the lowest consumption of coal per unit of electricity generated at public supply stations in Great Britain was 1.7 lbs. The Commissioners have no corresponding information for Irish electricity undertakings, which are no longer under their jurisdiction.