Coke (Storage Space)

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal and Coke Supplies – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th June 1951.

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Photo of Sir Harold Sutcliffe Sir Harold Sutcliffe , Heywood and Royton 12:00 am, 11th June 1951

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what steps he is taking to provide storage accommodation, where possible, for coke, in readiness for the winter, in districts where it has to be fetched from gas works in neighbouring towns.

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby South

I have no reason to think that the merchants are without the stocking space which they require; but if the hon. Member has any special case in mind, I will cause inquiries to be made.

Photo of Sir Harold Sutcliffe Sir Harold Sutcliffe , Heywood and Royton

Would the right hon. Gentleman ask local authorities and not merchants especially to provide storage accommodation for coke where the gas works is some distance away, to avoid the sorry spectacle we had last year in my constituency and elsewhere of old women of 80 years of age trudging a mile and a half each way to fetch their fuel?

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby South

I have not heard that the difficulty was due to lack of stocking space. If there was any such shortage I am sure that the merchants would have informed me, when I would have helped them immediately.