HC Deb 07 March 1944 vol 397 cc1850-1
5. Mr. Wakefield

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he is aware that his Department is supplying to Mr. Wilmer, a coal merchant in Swindon, coal so dirty that in some cases householders in Swindon are receiving 25 per cent. slate and stone in their deliveries; and what steps he is taking to remedy this state of affairs.

Major Lloyd George

The answer to the first part of the Question is, "No, Sir." The merchant named has made no complaint to my Department, nor has he, according to my information, received mare than a few isolated and minor complaints from his customers. With regard to the second part of the Question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the statement which I made in reply to a Question by my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Ilford (Mr. Hutchinson) on 18th February.

Mr. Wakefield

Is my right hon. and gallant Friend aware that there is a great deal of stone and slate in the supplies of coal to the households of my constituents—I have here an example of the sort of stuff that is being supplied—and that 25 per cent. of this kind of stuff is given in some cases?

Major Lloyd George

My hon. Friend asked me a question about a Mr. Wilmer. All I can say is that Mr. Wilmer has been interrogated; and he has no idea of how this Question arose.

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