HC Deb 20 November 1940 vol 365 c2027W
Mr. Craven-Ellis

asked the Secretary for Mines whether his Department has investigated the possibilities of the manufacture of synthetic fuel oils and alcohol from our large carboniferous deposits; and with what result?

Mr. Grenfell

During the last few months authoritative committees have been investigating, on behalf of my Department, various methods for producing oil, and substitutes for oil, from coal or its derivatives. In particular, I have received a most valuable report on the Fischer-Tropsch and similar synthetic processes from a committee under the chairmanship of my right hon. and learned Friend the Solicitor-General. The other committees have also all submitted their reports, which are under consideration.

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