§ 34. Mr. FORREST
asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that laden coal trains are standing in sidings until present supplies of high-priced coal have been disposed of, with the result that 1881 coal is not reaching the public in the quantities required; and whether he will take any action in the matter?
§ Colonel LANE FOX
I am aware that there has been a disinclination to buy pending a fall in price, but the substantial reductions recently made will no doubt stimulate demand; indeed, there are already indications of an improvement in the rate of clearance of wagons in London.