HC Deb 13 February 1945 vol 408 c10
9. Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he can give an estimate of the proportion of coal produced in this country burnt for war purposes.

Major Lloyd George

In view of the way this country is mobilised for war, it is arguable that almost all of the coal consumed is for war purposes.

Mr. Davies

In view of the fact that so many people cannot get coal for their home consumption, would it not be as well for the right hon. Gentleman's Department to tell the people bluntly that they cannot have a war on a large scale like this and all the comforts of peace at the same time?

Major Lloyd George

My hon. Friend's remarks would refer to most other commodities. I do not accept the hon. Gentleman's suggestion with regard to coal supply in this country.