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Gas Coke Directorate

Volume 530: debated on Monday 12 July 1954

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the number of officials still serving in the Gas-Coke Directorate of his Department; what premises they occupy in London and the provinces; what is the total cost of this directorate on an annual basis as at present organised; what are his reasons for retaining a Gas-Coke Directorate, in view of plentiful supplies of coke and derationing of domestic coke; and whether he will close down the Gas-Coke Directorate forthwith.

There is now no coke director, but supervision of gas coke distribution is in the hands of Gas Council and Gas Board employees who work in their own offices with my right hon. Friend's authority. I am advised that this does not involve the Council or the boards in any extra expense, since most of the work would have to be carried out in the normal course of business.