Domestic Coal Ration

Oral Answers to Questions — Fuel and Power – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th December 1949.

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Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham 12:00 am, 12th December 1949

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he will give an estimate of the saving in manpower and expenditure which would result if the rationing of domestic coal were ended; and if he is now able to agree to do this.

Photo of Mr Hugh Gaitskell Mr Hugh Gaitskell , Leeds South

About 5,000 and £1¼ million respectively. The reply to the second part of the Question is, No, Sir.

Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

Can my right hon. Friend say, if he cannot abolish domestic coal rationing now, whether there is any hope that he will be able to do so in the near future?

Photo of Mr Hugh Gaitskell Mr Hugh Gaitskell , Leeds South

Unfortunately, it would cost us some £20 million worth of foreign exchange if we were to supply the coal that would be required as a result of abolishing rationing, and I would not care to prophesy when coal output will have reached the point at which we shall be able to abolish rationing.