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Prices, Merthyr Tydfil And Exeter

Volume 526: debated on Monday 12 April 1954

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the price per ton of domestic coal in Merthyr Tydfil and Exeter.

Railborne Group 4 coals, 106s. 7d. per ton and 141s. 8d. per ton respectively.

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the great hardship that is caused to old-age pensioners and others on small incomes by this disparity in price? As one of the principal products of Devonshire, namely, milk, is provided at a uniform price all over the country, why cannot we have the same where coal is concerned?

This is a question which is raised periodically in the districts remote from the coalfields, but, of course, coal weighs very much more than milk.

Is it not related to the fact that one is a private concern and the other is a State concern?

No, in fairness I do not think it is. This is something which has existed since the coal industry began.