§ 14. Mr. W. THORNE
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that the Rt. Hon. Viscount St. Aldwyn, in his Report, dated 18th April, 1910, on the Port of London rates, stated that, out of 8¾ million tons of sea-borne coal, only 3½ million tons were used by the gas companies; and if he can state how many million tons of coal were railway-borne for the year ending 1914?
I am aware of the statement to which my hon. Friend refers. The quantity of coal brought to London by rail last year has not yet been ascertained. In 1913 the quantity was in round figures 8¼ million tons.