§ 26. Mr. Nabarro
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power by how much per ton Grade 2 house coal is to be raised in 1760 price, respectively, in Kidderminster, Plymouth and London, as a result of increased railway freight charges announced last Monday.
§ Mr. Aubrey Jones
The effect of an increase of 5 per cent. in railway freight charges on the delivered cost of coal would be 5d. per ton in Kidderminster, 5d. per ton in Plymouth, and 1s. 10d. per ton in London.
§ Mr. Nabarro
As my right hon. Friend will be aware that there have been many allegations recently that the domestic consumer of coal is subsidising the industrial consumer, would he give the assurance that in these price increases there is no subsidy of any description by the domestic consumer to the industrial consumer and that both are paying the proper economic price for their supplies?
§ Mr. Shinwell
How can the right hon. Gentleman maintain that industrial coal is being sold at an economic price when he has already admitted that there is a very big deficit from the sale of coal?
§ Mr. Nabarro
There was in the day of the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Easington (Mr. Shinwell), too.
§ Mr. Callaghan
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that when he and his hon. Friend the Member for Kidderminster (Mr. Nabarro) are in conjunction we tend to believe that both are wrong, and that to satisfy us that there is no deficit to the industrial consumer he will have to do far more than merely make us a statement like that? When can we be told the facts?