HC Deb 06 February 1968 vol 758 c217
46. Mr. Peyton

asked the Minister of Power if he will make a statement on the arrangement proposed between the National Coal Board and Alcan relating to the aluminium smelter.

Mr. Freeson

This matter was debated at length only last week and I have nothing further to add at present.

Mr. Peyton

Will the hon. Gentleman remind the N.C.B. of its statutory duty not to give preference to one customer against another? Will he, moreover, point out to the N.C.B. that the excuse of marginal tonnage is not sufficient in respect of an agreement covering a period of 25 years?

Mr. Freeson

The N.C.B. is fully aware of its statutory position in this matter. I do not believe that it requires any reminder from me.