§ Mr. Lyons
asked the Secretary for Mines if he is now aware of the shortage of coal that again exists throughout the country; what steps he has taken to prevent the repetition of the difficulties of last winter; what action he has taken to ensure better supply and distribution; and what immediate plan is proposed to remedy the present position?
§ Mr. Grenfell
I am aware of the shortage of coal in certain areas. My Department endeavoured to get consumers to lay up stocks and, largely owing to the considerable quantities which have been set aside by domestic consumers, the situation in general is better than it was last winter. In order that distribution should reach as many households as possible a rationing system has been enforced in many districts. Arrangements have been made for increasing deliveries into the areas where shortages have been reported, with favourable results. The whole position is carefully watched and more coal is now available than there was a month ago.