§ Captain RAMSAY
asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that many foreign countries, with ample supplies of water power, are now finding it more economical to generate electrical power from coal imported from this country; and what steps he is taking to press the interests of British coalfields in regard to production of electrical power in this country?
§ Captain CROOKSHANK
My Department has not the necessary information to enable me to deal with the first part of the question. As regards the second part, I think it can safely be left to the coal industry to see that the interests of that industry are properly considered when promoters of new schemes seek, as I am advised they must do. Parliamentary authority for such schemes. If I am approached by the industry, I am, of course, prepared to consider whether there is any action I could take.