HC Deb 09 December 1948 vol 459 cc556-7
46. Mr. M. Philips Price

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the importance of insuring the maximum efficiency in the consumption of coal for domestic purposes, he will take steps to instruct all the Ministers concerned to endeavour to evolve and enforce a policy by which existing inefficient coal burning appliances throughout the country will be replaced before a certain date by approved and scientific apparatus.

The Prime Minister

The importance of replacing inefficient domestic coal burning appliances by efficient ones as soon as is practicable is recognised by Ministers concerned. But my hon. Friend will appreciate that this is a long-term question and depends on a number of factors, such as production capacity, capital investment policy and also financial considerations.

Mr. Philips Price

May we take it that the Prime Minister is doing everything he can to expedite the application as soon as possible of these new scientific methods of economy in the use of coal?

The Prime Minister