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Paper Mills, West Marsh

Volume 440: debated on Thursday 24 July 1947

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that Messrs. Peter Dixon's West Marsh paper mills were obliged to close down on 14th July owing to a complete breakdown in their fuel supply; and whether he will take steps to prevent a recurrence of this situation.

This firm uses washed slack and has received its fair share of the available supplies. Washed slack, however, is a quality which is in particularly short supply, and while action has been taken to ease the general supply position in the area, investigations are being made by my regional officers to see whether it would not be possible for Messrs. Dixon to use an alternative quality of coal which is more freely available.