§ Major NEWMAN
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether an inter-View took place on the 25th instant between the Coal Controller and the general of the Tottenham Gas Company; whether the company was informed !that they must deplete their stock of coal by 300 tons per diem; is he aware that if this Order is obeyed it will gravely en4anger the gas supply and involve stoppage of the numerous munitions works in the district; and what action does he propose to take?
Sir A. STANLEY
The engineer and manager of the Tottenham Gas Works saw the Controller of coal Mines on the 25th January, and he Was informed that, in view of his large stocks of coal, 55,000 tons, or about fifteen weeks' supply of his anticipated consumption of 3,700 tons per week, 2,000 tons per week of Durham coal1582W have been diverted to another London gas undertaking. The stock of coal accumulated during last summer and autumn was to provide against the winter consumption, and it is not in the interests of the public utility companies in London generally that such large stocks should be accumulated if they are not going to be used. Up to the present the consumption at Tottenham Gas Works has not exceeded 3,100 tons per week.
§ Mr. W. THORNE
asked the Coal Controller if he is aware that the Worthing Gas Light and Coke Company are running short of coal and may have to shut down their works in consequence; it he is aware that the by-products from all gasworks are essential for the prosecution of the War and if he can state whether any special efforts are being made with a view to supplying all gas companies with the necessary amount of coal required for carbonising; and if he will take action in the matter?
Sir A. STANLEY
The question of supplies to these gasworks has already been in hand, and steps have been taken to secure improved deliveries. The engineer and general manager to the gas company, in a letter dated 23rd January, informs the Controller of Coal Mines that the supplies of coal are now coming in satisfactorily. Close watch is being kept on the various collieries supplying the Worthing Gas Company, with a view of good deliveries being maintained.