§ 50. Mr. Bartley
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power to state, for each National Coal Board division and for Great Britain as a whole the extent to which the board is the distributing agency for retail of domestic coal supplies; the extent to which this coal distribution by the board has increased since the passing of the Coal Industry Nationalisation Act, 1946; and how far it is his policy to encourage the board to acquire privately-owned domestic coal selling agencies.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd
This is primarily a matter for the National Coal Board under its powers accorded in the Coal Industry Nationalisation Act and over Great Britain as a whole, the National Coal Board's share of the domestic coal trade has increased during the last seven years by about one-tenth of 1 per cent.: it now stands at 2.9 per cent.
With permission, I will circulate the figures for particular divisions in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Mr. Bartley
Is the Coal Board's retail distribution more economic than the privately-owned system of distribution? What difficulty prevents the taking over of this part of the distribution system?
§ Following are the figures:
|NUMBER OF REGISTRATIONS WITH THE NATIONAL COAL BOARD FOR DOMESTIC COAL SUPPLIES ON VESTING DATE AND ON 31ST OCTOBER, 1953|
|National Coal Board Division||Vesting Date (1st January, 1947)||31st October, 1953|
|Northern (N. & C.)||73,596||41,190|
|Total Registrations with National Coal Board||412,804||482,219|
|Total Registrations Great Britain||14,904,554||16,624,231|
|Percentage: National Coal Board||2.8||2.9|