HC Deb 20 April 1959 vol 604 c9
5. Sir W. Anstruther-Gray

asked the Paymaster-General to what extent he estimates that the consumption of coal for the production of electricity in Scotland will be increased during the next twelve months.

Mr. Maudling

I regret that I have received no estimates which I could give my hon. and gallant Friend.

Sir W. Anstruther-Gray

May we assume, therefore, that there is good hope that these electricity undertakings will take an increasing quantity of coal in future?

Mr. Maudling

Coal consumption at the power stations in Scotland has increased in the last three years, and I see no reason to suppose that that will not continue.