HC Deb 01 May 1950 vol 474 c1400
40. Sir H. Williams

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power how the price of coal exported to the Argentine compares with similar coal sold inland

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

I do not fix or control the export prices charged by the National Coal Board, and I do not think it desirable to ask the Board to disclose the prices they receive for their foreign sales.

Sir H. Williams

As the Board of Trade returns show the quantity exported and the f.o.b. price, would it be too difficult for the right hon. Gentleman to ascertain the information?

Mr. Nicholson

How does the quality compare?

Mr. Noel-Baker

It varies according to what the people abroad want to buy.

Mr. W. Fletcher

But are not these prices fixed in consultation with the right hon. Gentleman in exactly the same way as he stated just now home prices are fixed?

Mr. Noel-Baker

No, Sir.