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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power how many complaints he has received from foreign customers that the coal being exported from this country at present is rubbish and/or unsatisfactory as being mostly made up of colliery washery settlings and opencast slack.
The number of actual complaints is not large, because intending purchasers are forewarned of the low quality. I am aware of the general dissatisfaction at the low quality of the coal at present being exported from this country, but it is all that can be spared for the time being. Owing to the present shortage, many consumers in this country are receiving coal of a lower quality than they require.