HC Deb 14 February 1940 vol 357 cc752-3
41. Mr. Touche

asked the Secretary for Mines whether his attention has been called to the serious shortage of coal in the Borough of Reigate; and what steps he is taking to relieve the situation?

The Secretary for Mines (Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd)

Yes, Sir. I am aware that Reigate was one of the places to which the supply of coal was affected by the exceptionally severe weather of last month. I am informed that the railways are now working coal through to destination as quickly as possible.

Mr. Herbert Morrison

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is also a severe shortage in the Borough of Hackney and will he look into it?

Hon. Members

And in the boroughs of Poplar and Westminster.

Mr. T. Smith

Can the hon. Gentleman say that the position generally is easier than it was last week?

Mr. Lloyd

I can say that the railways are working more smoothly. I am in touch with my right hon. and gallant Friend the Minister of Transport.

Mr. R. J. Taylor

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is any amount of coal if it can be carried?