HC Deb 03 October 1944 vol 403 cc717-8
8. Lieut.-Colonel Lancaster

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is now prepared to publish the statistics of British coal exports for the years since the war.

Major Lloyd George

As my hon. and gallant Friend will know, figures of the total quantity of coal shipped as exports and foreign bunkers from 1938 to the end of the first quarter of 1944 were given in Table 23 of my Statistical Digest {Command Paper 6538).

Mr. A. Edwards

If I put down a Question, will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman say how much of that coal has been paid for, and how much has not been paid for?

9. Lieut.-Colonel Lancaster

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether exports of British coal to the Argentine are still continuing; and whether it is estimated that a demand for British coal is likely to follow the termination of hostilities.

Major Lloyd George

The answer to the first part of the Question is "No, Sir." With regard to the second part, I anticipate that there will be a demand for British coal, but the extent to which it will be possible to meet that demand will depend upon the supply position.

Lieut.-Colonel Lancaster

Is the reason for our non-export of coal to the Argentine at present, lack of shipping or lack of coal?

Major Lloyd George

I should think that the best answer would be—a combination of the two.

Mr. Shinwell

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman be careful to see that we do not surrender all the advantages we formerly possessed in the export of coal to the Argentine?

Major Lloyd George

Of course not. I regard that as an extremely important part of our post-war position, but my hon. Friend will appreciate that the question of present supply does come in.