HC Deb 13 December 1928 vol 223 cc2348-9W

asked the Secretary for Mines what portion of the £2,000,000 guarantee to Messrs. Pearson and Dorman Long for the development of the Kentish coalfields has been spent on the erection of low-temperature carbonisation plant at the Snowdown Collieries, Kent; what monetary advantage the Government are likely to receive arising from the transaction; and the prices per ton of low-temperature carbonisation fuel manufactured by the Illingworth Carbonisation Company, the Coalite Company, and Messrs. Pearson and Dorman Long?

Commodore KING

I have no knowledge in regard to the first two parts of the question, which should be addressed to my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer. As regards the last part of the question, delivered prices of low-temperature carbonisation fuels vary according to district. I have no information about prices at works, as it is not usual to ask any firm to supply contract prices for purposes of publication.