§ 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 licence818W should be given he will have regard to the desirability of effecting economy in transport and distribution.