National Coal Board (Price Increases)

Oral Answers to Questions — Technology – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th April 1970.

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Photo of Mr Rafton Pounder Mr Rafton Pounder , Belfast South 12:00 am, 20th April 1970

asked the Minister of Technology what further applications he has received for price increases from the National Coal Board.

Mr. Alan Williams:

None, Sir.

Photo of Mr Rafton Pounder Mr Rafton Pounder , Belfast South

Does the Minister realise that the pricing structure of the N.C.B. is complex and unrealistic? The Prices and Incomes Board is looking at this. When is its report due, and why has it been delayed?

Mr. Williams:

I am surprised that the hon. Gentleman is in such a position of knowledge that even before we have received the N.B.P.I. report he can tell us what the verdict should be. We are willing to wait until the objective analysis has been received.