§ 12. Mr. Spearman
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power why Mr. J. W. Dawson's application, of 14th March, to register as a coal merchant in the Bridlington rural district has been refused.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd
I understand that the local fuel overseer refused the application on the ground that the small villages concerned are already served by five coal merchants.
§ Mr. Spearman
If my right hon. Friend thinks it necessary to continue coal rationing, would he not try to devise a system by which permits are not allocated on the basis of conditions in 1939? Could he inform his regional overseers that it is not his policy to discourage competition?