§ 1. Mr. Malcolm MacMillan
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he will now make a full statement regarding the utilisation of peat-fuel resources in the main peat-bog areas of the country with a view to the supplementation of other fuel supplies from these sources.
§ The Minister of Fuel and Power (Mr. Shinwell)
A survey of peat sites in England and Wales has failed to discover unexploited sites capable of rapid or economic development. In Scotland an Inter-Departmental Committee has been set up to consider possible schemes of peat 1462 production and suggestions for schemes for hand-cutting peat in Lewis and Caithness are under consideration. In the meantime a site is being worked by my Department in Dumfriesshire.
§ Sir Waldron Smithers
Will the right hon. Gentleman himself try to seek out some of these peat deposits and in the national interests see that he is irretrievably bogged?