Coal Stocks (Transport)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st December 1964.

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Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington 12:00 am, 21st December 1964

I am obliged to my right hon. Friend for that reassuring reply, but as it is impossible to predict the nature of the weather for the next four or five weeks, can we be assured that my right hon. Friend will maintain the closest contact with both the Coal Board and his right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport to ensure that coal demands can be met? Would my right hon. Friend say whether the situation at present is not similar to the situation 18 years ago, in 1947, when 900,000 tons of coal remained at the sidings and at the pits and it was impossible to move them when the so-called fuel crisis occurred? In view of the present situation, is not this a complete vindication of what happened on that occasion?