HC Deb 06 November 1940 vol 365 cc1361-2W
Sir R. Ross

asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that household coal is now costing over £3 a ton in the inland districts of Northern Ireland; and whether, in view of the difficulties for the poorer people in paying so high a price, arrangements can be made for the supply of coal at a cheaper rate?

Mr. Grenfell

Yes, Sir, but Northern Ireland is not less favourably situated in this respect than many areas of England. The hon. Member will appreciate that increased transport costs, particularly for sea-borne coal, must necessarily be reflected in higher retail prices.