HC Deb 07 December 1926 vol 200 cc1879-80

asked the Secretary for Mines if the restrictions on the export of coal from the Humber ports will now be removed; and, if not, will he state the reasons why this cannot be done?


asked the Secretary for Mines whether he can make any further statement with regard to the export of coal and coke?

The SECRETARY for MINES (Colonel Lane Fox)

There is now no greater restriction on the export of coal from the Humber than elsewhere: at all ports it is allowed under permit whenever it is impossible to find a market for the coal in this country. I am, however, anxious to free the export trade altogether at the earliest possible moment, and think that the time has now come when this can be done without undue risk to home supplies, except in the case of anthracite and coke. I have, therefore, decided that, as from midnight to-morrow, permits need no longer he required for the export of any coal other than anthracite.


Can my right hon. Friend say when the limitations will be withdrawn from anthracite and coke?

Colonel LANE FOX

No, Sir; it entirely depends on the state of stocks.

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