HC Deb 04 June 1951 vol 488 cc663-4
30. Colonel Gomme-Duncan

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power on what occasions and in what way the Industrial Coal Consumers' Council has been of use to consumers.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the three annual Reports of the Industrial Coal Consumers' Council, which have been presented to Parliament, and which provide ample evidence of the way in which the Council is safeguarding the interests of consumers. The fourth Report will be published in a few weeks' time.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

In view of the fact that these Reports do not contain any comfort at all to the consumer, could we have more concrete evidence about what the Coal Consumers' Council actually does for the consumers, which information I asked for recently in the House?

Mr. Noel-Baker

If the hon. and gallant Gentleman will study the Reports he will see that the Council has dealt with the questions of price, stocks, service to industrialists, land sale charges and complaints, and that they have done very valuable work indeed.