HC Deb 04 March 1947 vol 434 cc53-4W
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 average 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.