§ Mr. WATERSON
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can give more power to the local fuel control committees, seeing the possibility of a shortage of coal this forthcoming winter; and, seeing that the datum period is quite out of order and causing annoyance everywhere, if he will remove such embargo and substitute in its place, according to number of registered persons?
§ Mr. BRIDGEMAN
The Household Fuel and Lighting Order, 1919, which is about to be issued, gives all necessary powers to the Local Fuel Overseer, and provides (outside the Metropolitan area) for supervision by the local authority. The question of the adjustment of coal merchants' supplies to meet the new conditions is receiving consideration.