HC Deb 06 July 1965 vol 715 c1340
27. Lady Megan Lloyd George

asked the Minister of Power if he will make a statement on the prospects of continued employment in the anthracite coalfield in South-West Wales.

Mr. John Morris

The prospects in this and other coalfields are among the subjects which my right hon. Friend is at present discussing with the National Coal Board in connection with a co-ordinated fuel policy. He is also in constant touch with my right hon. Friends the First Secretary of State and the Secretary of State for Wales about related questions of economic and social planning.

Lady Megan Lloyd George

Can my hon. Friend say to what extent the supply of anthracite falls below the demand? In view of the clean air policy, can he give an assurance that steps are being taken to ensure an adequate supply of smokeless fuels?

Mr. Morris

I cannot give any figures to my hon. Friend without notice, but I am assured that there are ample supplies of smokeless fuels.