HC Deb 06 April 1909 vol 3 cc908-9

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, as only Welsh steam coal is used in the ships of His Majesty's Navy, he will state what arrangements have been made to keep in store on the North-East Coast an ample supply of such coal to be available in case of a stoppage in the Welsh coalfield by strikes, lock-outs, or other causes; and, in case no such arrangements have yet been made, will he consider the claims of the Tyne as a suitable place for such storage?

The FIRST LORD of the ADMIRALTY (Mr. McKenna)

If any necessity for coal storage should arise, the Tyne would be given full consideration with other ports on the East Coast.


Has the right hon. Gentleman's attention been called to the statement in the Press to-day that a near foreign Power is storing large quantities of coal?