HC Deb 31 July 1947 vol 441 cc609-10
4. Mr. John Lewis

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power to what extent it became necessary to rely upon road transport for the movement of coal during the fuel crisis.

Mr. Shinwell

During the period of abnormal weather early in the year, road vehicles were employed extensively on the movement of coal. The extent to which road transport was used varied considerably from district to district. Particular use was made of road vehicles for the distribution of accumulated stocks of opencast coal, mainly in the North Midlands area.

Mr. Lewis

Is the Minister satisfied, bearing in mind the shortage of tyres, that the motor transport industry is in a condition to deal with any situation which may arise?

Mr. Shinwell

In these matters of transport, I am dependent upon the transport authorities. So far as I know, the position is reviewed from time to time, and my information is that we shall be able to carry the coal that is available.