How are hon. Members to obtain information about these matters? We are completely in the dark. Surely at a time when there is far more coal, particularly of an inferior quality which cannot be used for ordinary domestic or industrial purposes, it is desirable that the National Coal Board should expedite its arrangements and organisation for the purpose of producing byproducts? Otherwise, what will happen to the coal industry?
Why should 1 or any other right hon. or hon. Member be asked to approach the Board to obtain the information? Why cannot I get it direct from the Minister? Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that when the Act was passed it was never anticipated that matters concerning general policy—the production of by-products is general policy—should be as between hon. Members and the Board? This is the place where we should obtain the information.
The question, which refers to the proportion of capital investment to be used for the purpose of producing by-products in Durham, can be regarded only as a particular and not as a general issue.