HC Deb 23 February 1920 vol 125 c1273

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is now in a position to state when the embargo on the export of coal from the Humber can be removed?


I regret that the position of inland supplies is such that not only is there no possibility of the existing restrictions on exports from the Humber being withdrawn, but from today the export of coke and slack from that area is also prohibited.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the great distress and unemployment existing at Hull by this embargo, and also that while the exports of coal from South Wales are nearly equal to their pre-war quantities the amount of coal from Hull is cut down to a half the pre-war export?


I am aware of the difficulties that exist at Hull, but I am at present unable to find any way to meet them.