HC Deb 16 April 1940 vol 359 cc783-4
32. Mr. A. Edwards

asked the Secretary for Mines what steps he has taken to prevent increased profits accruing to the distributors of coal in the London area?

Mr. Lloyd

The retail price of coal in London as in the rest of the country is controlled by the Retail Coal Prices Order, 1939. Under this Order, increases over the pre-war level of retail coal prices are allowed only when they are justified by increased costs.

Mr. Garro Jones

Is the control of prices carefully related to the quality of the coal, seeing that it is a time-honoured practice among coal merchants to increase their profits by lowering the quality?

Mr. Lloyd

I have another Question on that point.

Sir T. Moore

Has the hon. Gentleman taken steps to ensure that the distributors of coal actually distribute the coal? I would like an answer, because I cannot get any coal.