asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that, during the recent cold weather and the present time, hundreds of people in the borough of Camberwell have been without coal; that this particularly applies to dwellers in flats and other small consumers; and whether he has any proposals to meet this serious hardship?
The severe weather of the past few weeks has greatly increased the demand for domestic coal in London, as in other areas, while at times adding much to other difficulties of delivery. In spite of the exceptionally heavy deliveries which merchants have achieved it has been hard to keep pace with the demand in certain parts of London, including Camberwell, and with my approval special measures have been taken by the House Coal Officer for supplying flat dwellers and small consumers generally. The Camberwell Borough Council, for whose co-operation in this matter I am grateful, have written to express their appreciation of what he has done.
It is both. There is not sufficient coal that can be brought into certain areas. There is a shortage of production and transport difficulties which interfere with supplies, and there is a good deal to be done in improving distribution where supplies are available.