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Landsale Merchants, Coventry

Volume 486: debated on Monday 16 April 1951

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether, in view of the dissatisfaction expressed by landsale merchants in Coventry, of which he is aware, arrangements will be made for future coal allocations to be the same for both landsale and railborne merchants.

The responsibility for house coal allocations to individual depots and merchants rests with the House Coal Distribution (Emergency) Scheme, the distributive trade's own organisation. I am aware that there was some dissatisfaction some months ago amongst landsale merchants in Coventry but I understand that, after the hon. Member raised the matter at that time, the merchants concerned met the regional officer of the House Coal Scheme in October last. I am advised that after a full discussion of the matter the merchants said they were fully satisfied that their allocations were equitably made, and they have not since raised the question with the officers of the scheme.