§ 45. Mr. KING
asked the Prime Minister whether he will now announce his intentions as to the Petroleum (Production) Bill; and whether, to meet the emergency and avoid opposition, he will proceed with the Bill dropping the proposal to create royalties?
57. Mr. DUNDAS WHITE
asked whether the Government proposes to proceed with the Petroleum (Production) Bill; and, if not, whether they will take steps to enter on land and bore for petroleum under the Defence of the Realm Acts, leaving questions of compensation to be settled by the Defence of the Realm Losses Commission?
§ The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Bonar Law)
I am still unable to make any statement on this subject.
§ Mr. BONAR LAW
I have no knowledge as to the number of weeks, but I do know that during the interval we have had more important things to do.