HC Deb 19 March 1951 vol 485 cc2083-4
24. Wing Commander Bullus

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he will allow consumers who have not had their ration of fuel during the present shortage to make up such quota during the summer months.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

As I have explained on previous occasions, there is no ration of coal which all consumers are entitled to receive. Maximum quantities are fixed up to which householders may purchase coal, if supplies are available. I regret that it is not practicable to make good in one period deficiencies which arose in a previous period. But where hardship would otherwise arise, the local fuel overseer is empowered to authorise an extra supply.

Wing Commander Bullus

What is the position today? Are all requirements likely to be met, especially in the event of colder weather?

Mr. Noel-Baker

I think that merchants are now able to deliver the quantities for which they are being asked. [HON. MEMBERS: "Oh!"] There is not enough coal, of course. I have always said that there is not enough coal for households, and that I hope to get more, but all cases of hardship are being met.

Mr. Harrison

Will my right hon. Friend now consider the question of coal allocations for next winter?

Mr. Noel-Baker

I am considering that now.

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