§ Mr. GINNELL
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Board has verified or will verify the test of peat densified, by the Zohrab process as the motive power of a train on the Glasgow and South-Western Railway, with a consumption of 30.4 lbs. of peat per mile as compared with 38 lbs. of coal per mile; the test on the North British Railway from Glasgow to Dundee and back, with a consumption of 31.4 lbs. per mile; and the experience of Messrs. John Marshall and Company, Clyde Boiler Works, Motherwell, of the value of peat in the manufacture of steel: and, seeing that prejudice against peat arises from taking experimental samples from inferior bogs, whether the Board will procure samples for future experiments from deep Irish bogs?
I am aware that there have been certain tests as to the efficiency of peat fuel, but the matter is not one in which my Department has any direct concern, and I have nothing to add to the answer given to the hon. Gentleman on this subject yesterday.