HC Deb 04 April 1944 vol 398 c1793
28. Mr. R. J. Taylor

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the number of colliery undertakings in Northumberland scheduled as necessitous; how much was paid to them from the Coal Charges Fund and the amounts received, respectively.

Major Lloyd George

There are five colliery undertakings in Northumberland which have been dealt with as necessitous. Payments made to these five undertakings out of the Coal Charges Account by way of War Emergency Assistance have amounted to A;238,000 up to the end of February, 1944. The amount paid into the Coal Charges Account by undertakings in Northumberland during this period was approximately £3,250,000, of which these undertakings contributed about £370,000.

Mr. Taylor

Will the Minister answer the latter part of the Question?

Major Lloyd George

Does the hon. Member mean each of the five? I have a list here, and I shall be happy to give it to him afterwards.

Mr. Foster

Is not this fund contributed by the general public, on the increased price of coal, and not by the coalowners?

Major Lloyd George

It is put on the price of coal.

Mr. Mathers

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman circulate the particulars asked for in the Question, in the OFFICIAL REPORT?

Major Lloyd George

I have no objection.

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