§ 13. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power how much nutty slack has been sold to the public.
§ Lieut.-Colonel Lipton
This is a very small part of the total fuel consumption. Having already urged domestic consumers to use less nutty slack and more smokeless fuel, when will the Minister stop foisting this wretched smoke-producing stuff on the public?
§ Mr. Lloyd
Yes, Sir. Generally speaking, there are good stocks of coal and coke for the domestic consumer. The House will remember that the Government took special measures with regard to the house coal position during the height of the summer, but that was based upon ordinary winter weather. The wonderful weather we have been having is not only agreeable individually, but is a piece of national good fortune, because it enables us to keep up the rate of exports and maintain a good house coal position. But it conceals a hidden danger in that people are being lulled by the warm weather, and coal merchants tell me that they are not ordering in the usual way. The weather may well take revenge on us for its warmth by giving us a specially cold period later and I would urge people to take advantage of this warm spell to stock up for Christmas and the coming months.