HC Deb 06 August 1941 vol 373 cc1964-5W
Captain Strickland

asked the Secretary for Mines whether, after recent allocations by his Department of household coal to meet demands for steam coal for use in industrial plants, there remained an available supply of household coal adequate to meet monthly domestic requirements up to one ton per household; whether any industrial coal is being allocated for domestic use; and whether coal is still being exported?

Mr. Grenfell

One ton a month per household is much more than the estimated domestic coal requirements and is not intended to represent them; it is the maximum quantity which may, if supplies permit, be acquired save under special licence, and then only if the stock held is below the specified limit. There is no precise distinction between industrial and household coal, the needs of industry varying over a wide range according to the type of plant and the purpose for which the coal is required. With regard to the third part of the Question I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the statement made in the Debate in the House on 5th August.