HC Deb 10 November 1919 vol 121 cc6-7
6. Colonel BURN

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he would consider the removal or relaxation on the purchase of anthracite coal, in view of the fact that those householders who by advice purchased stoves to burn that coal during the coming winter now found themselves unable, owing to the restrictions imposed, to obtain it?


Restrictions on the quantity of anthracite allowed to consumers wore removed in June last, and the Controller of Coal Mines is now prepared to allow anthracite to be purchased from any merchant, whether the consumer be registered with that merchant or not. As I have previously informed the House, the difficulty with regard to supplies of anthracite is mainly due to lack of transport facilities. The attention of the Ministry of Transport has been directed to the position, and they have the matter in hand.

13. Commander Sir EDWARD NICHOLL

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will say what, if any, efforts are being made to continue the supply of anthracite coal to the Cornish clay district; is he aware that mines are being flooded through the want of anthracite coal; and when may the workers in this district expect the supplies promised to avoid a total stoppage of the industry, the majority of the pumping plant in the district being fitted only for the burning of anthracite coal?


The only application that has been received for assistance in obtaining anthracite for this purpose is one which was made by the Hensbarrow United China Clays, Limited, St. Austell, on the 23rd October. Arrangements were made to send forward a consignment immediately. As I have already stated in the House, the difficulty is one of transport, and is receiving the attention of the Ministry of Transport.