HC Deb 19 February 1947 vol 433 cc1147-8
11. Mr. Vane

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what proportion of the present supply of pitwood to the Ruhr coalfield is being drawn from the Soviet zone of Germany or other territories of Eastern Europe.

Mr. J. Hynd

The first deliveries of pit wood from the Russian zone were received at the Ruhr mines during December, 1946, and amounted to 5,500 metric tons or 7.5 per cent. of the total receipts during the month. Deliveries from the Russian zone during January, 1947, have been very satisfactory amounting to about 23,000 metric tons up to 27th January There have been no deliveries from other territories of Eastern Europe.

Mr. Vane

Has the hon. Gentleman any arrangements by which these supplies can be regular and assured?

Mr. Hynd

These supplies are part of the barter arrangements which are in operation between the two zones.