HC Deb 21 November 1946 vol 430 cc1000-1
18. Mr William Shepherd

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power, if he will give an estimate of the difference there would be in the annual tonnage of output of coal if the same standards of saleable coal operated today as in 1938.

Mr. Shinwell

I regret that information necessary to enable an estimate of the kind suggested to be made is not available.

Mr. Shepherd

Surely the Minister has seen some examples of the bad coal which is used and could give an estimate?

Mr. Shinwell

It is quite impossible to give such an estimate.