HC Deb 22 July 1941 vol 373 cc817-8W
Sir I. Fraser

asked the Secretary for Mines whether where a coal and coke merchant has adequate supplies of fuel, he may distribute a nine months' or 12 months' ration to his customers at once so as to promote economy of distribution during the long daylight hours?

Mr. Grenfell

As the hon. and gallant Member will have appreciated from recent replies in this House, there is no suggestion of a coal ration of 12 tons a year for everyone; in fact the average annual consumption per household is probably about three tons. The recent restrictions are intended to prevent non-industrial consumers from increasing stocks over two tons (or three tons as the case may be) except by licence from the local fuel overseer. In considering whether a licence should be given he will have regard to the desirability of effecting economy in transport and distribution.