HC Deb 15 April 1948 vol 449 cc1153-4
35. Mr. Lipson

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he will take steps to improve the quality of coal supplied to domestic consumers in the Cheltenham area.

Mr. Gaitskell

No complaint has been received by the Regional Coal Officer for this area, but if the hon. Member will bring any specific complaint to the notice of the West Midlands Division of the National Coal Board it will be investigated.

Mr. Lipson

If the quality is below standard would not the consumer be entitled to apply to the local fuel overseer either for an increased supply or a reduction in price?

Mr. Gaitskell

The right course in the first instance is to apply to the supplier and try to obtain redress, and if he fails in that he should apply to the regional coal officer for the area.