§ 102. Mr. Carson
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what is the Government subsidy on gas oil, used for making water gas, per gallon; what was the cost of the subsidy for 1946; and whether he anticipates a rise in this subsidy in 1947 due to increased consumption.
§ Mr. Gaitskell
The total subsidy paid on gas oil used for making water gas in the 12 months ended 31st October, 1946, was £2¾ million representing an average54W payment of eightpence (8d.) per gallon. It is estimated that in the 12 months ended 31st October, 1947, the increased consumption of gas oil for gas production will cost an extra 4.2 million.