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Methane

Volume 649: debated on Monday 13 November 1961

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20.

asked the Minister of Power to what extent consumers of gas in the Midlands and the north will benefit from the cheaper gas derived from imported liquid methane.

Methane supplies will enter the areas of the two Midlands Boards and the North Western Board. The Scottish, Northern and North Eastern Boards are not directly touched by the scheme as submitted to me.

23.

asked the Minister of Power whether the tankers, already authorised to be built by the Gas Council, will be constructed in shipyards in the United Kingdom; and whether the contracts for their construction have been agreed.

My right hon. Friend understands that contracts will shortly be closed for the construction of one tanker at Barrow and one at Belfast.