§ 4. Mr. J. H. Osborn
asked the Minister of Power what has been the outcome of his discussions with the National Coal Board about pricing policy.
§ Mr. Osborn
I welcome the fact that we have a Minister of Power from Yorkshire, because he will be aware that in Yorkshire we have the cheapest pits providing coal to the most modern power stations. Will he take note of the need to provide electricity to users in that area, particularly steel users, at pithead and power station prices and not at average prices?
§ Mr. W. Baxter
When discussing the question of coal prices with the National Coal Board, will my right hon. Friend 201 have regard to the fact that coal prices in Scotland are much higher than in England and Wales, and will he take steps to see that there are uniform prices throughout Great Britain?
§ Mr. Ridley
Can the Minister say whether long-run marginal costing will be employed in determining Coal Board prices in future in accordance with the White Paper on the Nationalised Industries?