HC Deb 08 March 1944 vol 397 c2051
55. Sir Frank Sanderson

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he can state, in regard to the suspension of coal freight rebates (Railway Freight Rebates Act, 1943) which relates to freight rebates on export and bunker coal, the total amount of the appropriate proportion of railway rates relief as from 1st July, 1943, which would have been available for rebates on coal traffic and has been paid to his Department; and in what manner it has been used for the production or marketing of coal.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Fuel and Power (Mr. Tom Smith)

The amount paid over up to 29th February, 1944, is £1,012,343. This money has been used, as to £688,943, as a relief in respect of transport subsidies granted to facilitate the movement and marketing of coal and coke, and, as to £323,400, for the general purposes of the Coal Charges Account.

Sir F. Sanderson

Is my hon. Friend satisfied that the amount expended is wisely spent?

Mr. Smith

I do not know anything to the contrary.