Major Lloyd George:
My hon. Friend will be aware that it has been decided not to ration domestic fuel at present. There is no question, therefore, at the moment of any weekly allowance of coal for an average family. The purpose of the present restrictions, which, as stated in the White Paper on Coal, are to be continued, is to ensure as fair a spread as possible of the available supplies among those who are able to stock coal and coke, and the limits on what may be acquired in a month do not bear any relation to current consumption at this time of year, which everyone should reduce to the lowest possible figure.
In view of the fact that there are millions of people who cannot look at tons at all, what is a reasonable amount for the average family to be receiving at present?
I do not know what my right hon. Friend means by speaking of appeals having been made. There has been no widespread appeal. Do I understand from him that there will be a definite appeal launched by the Government for voluntary rationing in the near future?
What does the right hon. Gentleman mean by "intensified campaign"? Is it to be conducted on a vast scale; is it to cost money? Could he give us a few of the details of what he means by "an intensified campaign"?