HC Deb 12 April 1976 vol 909 c378W
Mr. Alexander Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what consultation the Government have had with the British Gas Corporation regarding coal gasification as a source of future supply; if he will publish the results of such consultation; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Benn

No formal consultation has taken place. However my Department is in close touch with work at the Westfield Development Centre of the BGC. I am satisfied that excellent progress is being achieved there in the development of coal gasification technology with American sponsorship. This greatly strengthens the Corporation's long-term planning strategy should the large scale manufacture of substitute natural gas ever be required.

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