HC Deb 06 March 1940 vol 358 c409W
Mr. G. Strauss

asked the Minister of Transport whether he can make a statement on the working of the special coal transport scheme in view of the fact that large numbers of householders are still unable to obtain supplies?

Captain Wallace

The scheme which I outlined in my statement on 21st February is working to schedule. Up to last night 150 special trains had been despatched from the collieries. With the improvement in the weather there has been a very large increase in the number of wagons of coal cleared from colliery sidings, and, so far as the railways are concerned, the coal situation is generally normal, except for some congestion at the exchange points for the Southern Railway.