§ 33. Mr. Tinker
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether Parliament will have the opportunity of examining and discussing the increase of 3s. per ton in the price of coal; and will he refrain from increasing the price until they have done so?
§ Mr. T. Smith
As my hon. Friend is aware, the increase referred to was authorised from 3rd July and cannot now be suspended or revoked without causing general confusion.
§ Mr. Tinker
Does that mean that Parliament will not have a chance to discuss this matter? It means that the cost of living will be increased by a direct rise in prices, whereas we were promised by the Chancellor of the Exchequer that the cost of living would not increase and that it would be governed by Parliament.
§ Mr. Shinwell
Are we to understand it is finally settled that the increase is to be imposed in this way, and that the question of a subsidy cannot now be raised? Is that finally disposed of?