Coal Merchants (Deliveries).

Oral Answers to Questions — Fuel and Power. – in the House of Commons on 28th July 1942.

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Photo of Mrs Mavis Tate Mrs Mavis Tate , Frome

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether it is proposed that small coal retailers may be restricted to a certain radius for deliveries; and whether similar restrictions are to be placed on co-operative societies?

Major Lloyd George:

In cases where merchants are still delivering coal in any manner which results in wastage of petrol, vehicles or man-power, steps can be and are being taken compulsorily to transfer the registrations concerned to merchants who are in a better position to effect delivery to the consumer, though not necessarily by fixing an arbitrary radius, beyond which deliveries may not be made. These principles apply equally to large as well as to small coal merchants, and to co-operative societies.

Photo of Mr George Mathers Mr George Mathers , Linlithgowshire

If the right hon. and gallant Gentleman takes away the supply of coal from the co-operative societies, will he see that those to whom the supplying is given over will pay a dividend to the customer?