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Industrial Supplies

Volume 439: debated on Monday 30 June 1947

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power, to what extent the economical use of fuel is recognised in the allocation of fuel to industry; and whether the industrial firm which has not used the opportunity to install fuel-saving plant and practise fuel-saving methods is penalised, and by what procedure, when fuel allocations are being made.

A direct incentive is provided by the present system of allocating coal to industry, for the provision that stocks built up in one period are not to be taken into account in framing allocations for consumption in a following period ensures that fuel economy shall have its own reward. In addition, consideration is being given to the possibility of devising means of recognising those cases where exceptional measures have been taken by industrialists to secure economy in the case of fuel.