HC Deb 08 July 1941 vol 373 cc14-5
25. Sir Douglas Thomson

asked the Secretary for Mines whether he has considered the position of Scotland under the proposed coal rationing scheme; and whether he is satisfied that identical treatment of the North of Scotland and the South of England is equitable?

Mr. Grenfell

The instructions issued to the divisional officers of the Department provide for the variation of the restrictions on deliveries and stocks where the circumstances of the area are held to warrant it. Representation on certain aspects of the scheme have been received from the Scot- tish coal merchants, and their representatives are visiting the Department this week to discuss these points.

Sir D. Thomson

Does my hon. Friend expect to receive an application from every householder in the North of Scotland?

Mr. Grenfell

We cannot expect to receive an application from every house

Major Vyvyan Adams

In view of the physical difficulties of the scheme, is my hon. Friend going to introduce modifications as between large and small households?

Mr. Grenfell

There are modifications as between large and small households in the scheme as published.

Major Adams

Why should a small household be entitled to take one ton, which is the same amount as a large house-hold is entitled to?

Mr. Speaker rose