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Volume 437: debated on Thursday 8 May 1947

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware of the difficulties experienced by the Blackpool laundry of the North-East Lancashire Co-operative Laundries Association, Limited, on account of the fact that its reduced coal quota has not been received in spite of repeated applications to the North-West Area Emergency Committee; that the laundry may have to close down for a limited period unless supplies are received; and whether, in the public interest, he will take steps to secure that coal quotas in an industry of this nature are honoured.

During February, deliveries were unavoidably affected- by weather and transport conditions. In the last two months, however, though deliveries have varied to some extent, week by week, the total amount allocated to this laundry has been delivered.

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what approximate tonnages of coal will be allocated from May to September to the railways, electric power stations, shipping, other industrial consumers and the domestic consumer, respectively.

I would refer the noble Lord to the statements made by my right hon. and learned Friend the President of the Board of Trade on 10th March, as regards allocations generally and on 1st May, as regard the revised basis for industrial allocations, to which there is nothing I can add at present.

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether, in view of the severity of the normal winter in the coastal regions of East Suffolk, he is making adequate arrangements to ensure that the winter allocation of fuel will be met in full.

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave today to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Great Yarmouth (Squadron-Leader Kinghorn).