HC Deb 11 March 1959 vol 601 cc125-6W
Mr. Robens

asked the Paymaster-General (1) to what extent the recent delivery of liquid methane into the gas system is a continuation of the experiments which he has been conducting; and if he will make a statement on the progress of the experiments and the possibility of their application;

(2) to what extent it is intended to increase the importation of liquid methane for the use of the gas industry;

(3) how many additional tankers are to be built or reconstructed for the trans- port of liquid methane for the British gas industry.

Sir I. Horobin

The delivery to which the right hon. Member refers was the first of a series of trial shipments commissioned by the Gas Council to test the possibilities of imported liquid methane as a source of town gas. Two or three more trial shipments may be necessary before it is possible to assess the results of the experiment.

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