HC Deb 22 July 1968 vol 769 c32W
73. Mr. Milne

asked the Minister of Power if he will make a statement on the outcome of the consideration by his Department of the recent report emanating from United States sources, details of which are in his possession, on the extraction of oil and petrol from coal, and on the extent to which this report can be fitted into the requirements of the coal industry and the nation's economy.

Mr. Mason

Reports on research and development work now in progress in the United States of America on processes to manufacture liquid fuels and motor spirit have been studied but the relative costs of coal and oil in this country are such that there is little prospect of such processes being employed economically here.