§ Mr. INGLEBY
asked whether the right hon. Gentleman is aware that 1,380 tons of coal were shipped at the King's Lynn docks for foreign ports during the past week, and that the lighting of the town during the same period had been reduced by one-half in consequence of the scarcity of fuel; and what steps the Government have taken to prevent the export of coal during the present crisis?
§ Mr. McKENNA
There is no power without legislation to prohibit the exportation of coal. The question of legislation was carefully considered, but the Government came to the conclusion that no substantial relief to the present situation could result from such a measure.