Is the Prime Minister aware that the co-ordination between these two Departments, or any others for that matter, has produced a deceitful, insulting offer which can be best summed up as today's Financial Times has put it, that this new offer, like the last, is still within the unofficial Government pay guide lines of around 7 per cent. or 8 per cent.? What kind of special treatment is that?
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Employment is to answer a Private Notice Question at the end of Questions about the discussions which are going on. Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will acknowledge that the offer made by the National Coal Board last night of a minimum wage of £22 a week is £2 above that for which the T.U.C. has asked as a minimum wage——
Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind, on the matter of co-ordination between Departments in this critical situation of fuel supplies, that millions of householders living in smoke-controlled areas can no longer get supplies of solid smokeless fuel? May they, therefore, be relieved under the Emergency Regulations of any liabilities which they would ordinarily have to burn only certain fuels?