HC Deb 06 March 1961 vol 636 c4
4. Mr. Boyden

asked the Minister of Power if he will establish a joint committee consisting of representatives of the National Coal Board, British coal exporters and those industrialists exporting to Europe steam power plant, electricity generating equipment and other heavy plant using coal, with a view to integrating a British coal export drive with the general export drive.

Mr. Wood

I do not think there is any need for me to sponsor a formal committee. If the interests mentioned by the hon. Member think such an arrangement would be useful, I am sure they will come together amongst themselves.

Mr. Boyden

Does not the right hon. Gentleman think that he has some responsibility in the matter of bringing them together? In the past British coal exports were extremely important, but under the present Government they have fallen to a very small proportion. Cannot the Minister use his initiative in this matter?

Mr. Wood

I do not know of any general desire among the constituent bodies for such an association. Naturally, if any of them took the view that such an association would be beneficial I should explore the matter and, if necessary, try to urge them to get together.

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