HC Deb 02 June 1919 vol 116 c1653

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, before the Coal Industry Commission reports, the various sections of coal consumers indicated in the Coal Conservation Sub-Committee's Report will be allowed to place their views before the Commission; whether bodies organised in the interests of domestic consumers who are now paying £3 per ton for their coal will be entitled to be heard also; whether any of these bodies have already applied to be heard and have been refused; and, if so, what were the names of these organisations, and on what grounds they were refused?

The MINISTER of LABOUR (Sir R. Horne)

I have been asked to reply to this question. I am informed that before the Coal Industry Commission reports some of the classes of coal consumers referred to will have given evidence specifically, and the others generally through the medium of witnesses nominated by the Association of British Chambers of Commerce. Steps are being taken to obtain evidence from a body representative of domestic consumers.