HC Deb 30 November 1953 vol 521 cc742-3
12. Mr. Janner

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that it is almost impossible to distinguish between various groupings of domestic house coal under the present method of grading and pricing; and if he will consider a revision of this system.

Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd

This is a difficult problem and I should be ready to consider any practical suggestions which the hon. Member has in mind for dealing with it.

Mr. Janner

Does the Minister realise that there is a considerable amount of dissatisfaction among coal purchasers because they feel that some of the higher groupings are very much less in value than the lower ones? There is a difference of as much as 2s. 6d. between group 1 and group 8. Will he do something about it?

Mr. Lloyd

I have examined this matter carefully, because it is quite a serious point, but I have reached the conclusion that the only real and effective remedy would be to give back to consumers the key of freedom to choose their own merchants.

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