HC Deb 03 November 1958 vol 594 c594
34. Mr. A. Roberts

asked the Paymaster-General what consideration he has given to the preparation of a comprehensive fuel plan.

Sir I. Horobin

The pattern of fuel use is determined primarily by consumers' freedom of choice and fair competition between the various fuels. In their continuous study of the problem, my noble Friend and the industries concerned keep before them the need for flexibility in their policies to meet the changes that occur from time to time in fuel and power requirements.

Mr. Roberts

Is the Minister aware of the great apprehension in the mining and gas industries? Will he take steps to prevent both of them from returning to the law of the jungle?

Sir I. Horobin

I do not think the jungle used much coal.