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Coal Reserves (Underground Gasification)

Volume 643: debated on Wednesday 5 July 1961

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asked the Minister of Power if he will appoint a committee to consider and report upon the mining of coal under built-up areas; and if he will include in the terms of reference a direction to report upon the feasibility of extracting gas from the coal measures under towns and cities without mining the coal.

I have decided that there would be no advantage in appointing a committee to consider matters for which existing legislation appears to make reasonable provision. The work already done on underground gasification has shown that it is most unlikely to prove an economic method of exploiting coal reserves in this country.