Industrial Allocations

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th July 1952.

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Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby South 12:00 am, 7th July 1952

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what distributed stock of coal, expressed in terms of weeks' supply on 31st October, he proposes to allocate to industry, other than engineering and other metal trades, for the coming winter.

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

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what distributed stock of coal, expressed in terms of weeks' supply on 31st October, he proposes to allocate to the engineering and other metal trades for the coming winter.

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Birmingham King's Norton

Six generally, but seven in the Midlands.

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

As the stocks are now nearly up to their targets, will the right hon. Gentleman take steps to ensure that when they actually reach the targets coal will be diverted to other uses, so that industrialists may be encouraged to practise economy in the use of coal?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Birmingham King's Norton

It is the policy of the Government to export as much coal as possible consistent with reaching a safe target for the beginning of the coal winter.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon East

Will my right hon. Friend explain why this Midland cartel should have more supplies than anywhere else?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Birmingham King's Norton

My hon. Friend has the same curiosity as myself, and the answer I received is that for many years there has, in the Midlands particularly, been a risk of difficulty due to transport congestion in that area.