HC Deb 29 February 1944 vol 397 cc1261-2W
Sir W. Wayland

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he is aware that the South-East Fuel Controller has stated that no coal is to be supplied to public houses in his district, but only manufactured fuel, which is not always available; and why are licensed premises to be penalised as compared with premises of other traders.

Major Lloyd Georģe

My hon. Friend appears to be under a misapprehension, which may have arisen from a misinterpretation of the expression "Controlled Premises" in the Coal Distribution Order, 1943. In this Order "Controlled Premises" include small industrial premises and all premises used for non-industrial purposes, including domestic premises. The ruling to which my hon Friend refers and which applies to all controlled premises in the South-Eastern Region, including public houses, is not that no coal shall be supplied, but that noextra coal shall be supplied under licence unless it can be shown that alternative fuels cannot be used or are not available.