Rationing.

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Fuel and Power. – in the House of Commons on 30th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Gwilym Lloyd George Mr Gwilym Lloyd George , Pembrokeshire

I appreciate that under a coupon rationing scheme there is difficulty in estimating the requirements of domestic fuel. These estimates are in any case bound to be difficult, and I am hoping that the Local Fuel Overseers will be able to give considerable assistance by providing estimates of the coal requirements as measured by the household assessments that are to be made in the near future, with a deduction for the estimated consumption of gas and electricity. This will still leave open the possibility that certain householders may switch from one fuel to another, but I should expect in any given area that the ratio of the consumption of different types of fuel would remain generally unchanged, and that the supplies of coal and coke which merchants require could, therefore, be forecast with a reasonable degree of accuracy.