HC Deb 17 November 1958 vol 595 c836
27. Mr. A. Roberts

asked the Paymaster-General if, in view of the shortage of smokeless fuels now being experienced by householders, he will give a general direction to the National Coal Board to maintain an adequate distribution of smokeless fuels to merchants.

Sir I. Horobin

No, Sir. According to my information the necessity for such a course does not exist. If the hon. Member has any particular case in mind, I should be happy to look into it if he will advise me.

Mr. Roberts

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that in many parts of the country it is extremely difficult to obtain smokeless fuels, and will he point out whether it is the fault of the National Coal Board or the independent merchants?

Sir I. Horobin

It would be better if the hon. Gentleman would give me particulars.