HC Deb 10 December 1962 vol 669 cc1-2W
4. Mr. Hannan

asked the Minister of Power if he is satisfied that the supply of smokeless fuel in Scotland is sufficient to meet the increasing demand consequent on the increase of designated smokeless zones; how much of this fuel is produced by the National Coal Board in Scotland; and how much is imported from England.

Mr. Peyton

Yes; none. About 27,000 tons a year.

5. Mr. Hannan

asked the Minister of Power if he is aware that the Gas Boards have refused to supply the demands of the Scottish Coal Merchants' Association for smokeless fuel in bulk, and that there has been consequent delay at supply points; and if he will make inquiries into this matter and take steps to improve the situation.

Mr. Peyton

The Scottish Gas Board in marketing Gloco, an open-fire gas coke, has preferred to sell it in bags to ensure reliable quality. The Board will consider sales in bulk to merchants who can maintain quality through their own storage and bagging facilities. At the same time supplies in bags are being increased to meet merchants' needs more quickly.

8. Mr. Cooper

asked the Minister of Power what is the estimated annual production of smokeless fuels; and what steps are being taken to increase this.

Mr. Peyton

About 1.6 million tons of the specially reactive fuels and at least 5 million tons of other cokes suitable for open fires. Total capacity is in excess of demand. So far as premium fuels are concerned a substantial increase in the production of Coalite and Rexco is planned and the National Coal Board hopes to be producing smokeless briquettes for the open fire on a commercial scale by early 1964.

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