§ 64. Mr. DICKIE
asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that public utility concerns are making long-term contracts for the purchase of coal; and whether, in forthoming legislation, he will see that any forestalling against increased prices is negatived by a clause making them applicable to existing contracts?
I am aware of the circumstances mentioned in the first part of the question. As regards the second part, I do not know to what legislation my hon. Friend is referring, but in any case I cannot answer a hypothetical question of this kind.
§ Mr. DICKIE
Can the Secretary for Mines undertake to give a warning to those concerns which are engaging in 295 this reprehensible practice that they will not be allowed to get away with it at the expense of the mining industry?