asked the Minister of Fuel and Power why he is establishing a reserve dump of coal at Solihull before residents have been able to obtain the authorised quantity for storage; and whether he will direct that local merchants shall receive all available supplies until admissible demands are satisfied?
Major Lloyd George:
Reserve stocks of house coal are being created in a number of places, in addition to those already in existence, in order that, should there be serious difficulties over house coal supplies during next winter, some reserves may be available in consuming areas to assist those classes of consumer who, for physical or other reasons, are unable to lay in their own stocks. In my view, some reserves for this purpose must be created even though this should result in other householders not being able, for the time being, to obtain the full permitted stocks.
Does my right hon. and gallant Friend know that, as a result of this stacking, a large proportion of the coal is reduced to slack, and would it not be much more economical if the merchants were allowed to unload the trucks and distribute the coal for private storage?