HC Deb 16 January 1940 vol 356 cc1-2
2. Mr. A. Jenkins

asked the Secretary for Mines whether the full demands for coal from this country by France are now being satisfied; and, if not, what steps are being taken to meet the coal requirements of that country?

The Secretary for Mines (Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd)

Arrangements have been made by the Anglo-French Coal Requirements Committee for the supplies of coal required by France to be made available; but the rate of delivery is limited by the shipping position. Every effort is being made by His Majesty's Government and the French Government, through the machinery of the Anglo-French Permanent Executive Committee for Shipping, to place the maximum number of available ships at the disposal of this trade.