HC Deb 19 December 1935 vol 307 c1970W

asked the Secretary for Mines whether his attention has been drawn to any cases where South Wales coal export licences, instead of being used for the export of South Wales coal, are trafficked in France for the import into that country of Polish coal; and whether he will at once consider what steps can be taken to prevent such traffic, which is detrimental to South Wales coal exports?


I understand that my hon. Friend has in mind the machinery set up in South Wales for the operation of the coal-pitwood agreement. I am not aware that it is possible for licences issued under that agreement to be used for the importation into France of coal from any other source than South Wales. In view of the information he has sent me, I am making further inquiries.