HC Deb 18 December 1945 vol 417 cc1097-8
31. Colonel Clarke

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what amount of coal is allowed for a single person inhabiting a bed-sitting room; and how this compares with that allowed for a person with a bedroom and a sitting room.

Mr. Shinwell

There is no coal allowance for single persons. An occupier who lets parts of his premises is expected to provide fuel for the sub-tenant, but if his normal supply is inadequate he may apply to the local fuel overseer for additional quantities. Each case is dealt with on its merits.

Colonel Clarke

Is the Minister satisfied that persons who, by reason of age or infirmity, have to spend nearly all their time in single rooms, are getting their proper supply of coal in these colder months?

Mr. Shinwell

I would not care to say. I have a great deal of sympathy with single persons who are aged or infirm, and who have to rely on inadequate supplies of fuel. If there are any such cases, all they have to do is to apply to the local fuel overseer. They will find him very sympathetic.

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