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Domestic Supplies

Volume 437: debated on Thursday 8 May 1947

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if, in view of his decision not to increase the present fuel allocation to householders in Norfolk, he is taking steps to guarantee the full allocation during the coming winter.

As I have repeatedly announced, the maximum quantities of coal allowed under the restrictions are not "rations" to which consumers are entitled but are maximum quantities to be delivered if supplies are available from the collieries. I shall continue to do everything I can to maintain domestic supplies at the highest possible level during the coming year but I cannot guarantee the quantities which merchants will be able to deliver in any area.