HC Deb 27 March 1947 vol 435 c1404
78. Squadron-Leader Sir Gifford Fox

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he will arrange for a special allocation of coal to those whose homes have been flooded to enable the houses and contents to be dried out quickly to save unnecessary deterioration and loss; and if he will give special instructions to coal dealers for an immediate allocation in view of the fact that many people have had their coal washed away by the floods.

76. Mr. David Renton

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he will take steps to ensure that people whose houses are saturated by the floods have sufficient fuel to dry them out, and thus prevent further injury to the health of the people living in such houses.

88. Mr. Deer

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he will arrange for additional supplies of coal, &c., to the distressed people in the flooded areas, in order that the homes may be made habitable and dry as soon as the flood-water subsides.

Mr. Shinwell

Local fuel overseers are already empowered to authorise extra coal supplies to meet cases of hardship, and to give instructions for priority of delivery. They will use these powers to assist persons whose homes have been flooded.

Major Legge-Bourke

Will the right hon. Gentleman also bear in mind that many of these homes are now housing two families where before they housed only one, and will he see that they are not forgotten?

Mr. Shinwell

We shall do all we can to help these people.

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