Coal Consumption (Publication).

Oral Answers to Questions — Fuel and Power. – in the House of Commons on 25th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Alfred Bossom Mr Alfred Bossom , Maidstone

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he will publish week by week the national coal consumption, together with the consumption of coal in the corresponding periods for the previous three years?

Major Lloyd George:

No, Sir.

Photo of Mr Alfred Bossom Mr Alfred Bossom , Maidstone

Would my right hon. and gallant Friend publish the figures monthly so that there would not be any sudden rationing and quick consumption without some warning?

Major Lloyd George:

I do not think it would be in the national interest to publish these figures at all.

Mr. Davidson:

Will the Minister take care that no information is submitted to the public that would make the nationalisation of the industry necessary?