HC Deb 19 July 1954 vol 530 cc967-8
26. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he will give an assurance that the coal situation will not involve any serious electricity power cuts affecting domestic and industrial premises during the ensuing autumn and winter.

Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd

It would be absurd to give an absolute assurance because this must largely depend upon the level of coal production. The Government, however, are watching the position closely and are determined to take all necessary steps in good time.

Mr. Sorensen

Could the Minister at least give an estimate of what he thinks is the prospect in the coming months, for the benefit of those who use coal, both domestically and industrially, because such an estimate would be of help?

Mr. Lloyd

My hope is that the level of coal production and such other measures as the Government may take will be successful.