HC Deb 08 April 1936 vol 310 c2789W

asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that upon the carbonisation of coal benzol is recovered by 97 per cent. of the coke industry, whereas only 37 per cent. of the gas industry recovers this oil; and what steps he can take to increase the supply of this essential product?


One of the objects of guaranteed preference accorded by the British Hydrocarbon Oils Production Act, 1934 was to encourage the greater production of motor spirit from coal, and, as my hon. Friend will see by reference to page 17 of the last Annual Report of my Department, it is believed that this provision has already resulted in an increasing production of benzol at gas works. I am of opinion that for normal times the position is adequately met by the action already taken.