§ Mr. Viant
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he is aware that much of the coal now being supplied to the public from Government dumps under the cash and carry scheme was placed there in 1942 when the price was 3s. 3d. per cwt.; they are now being charged 3s. 9d. and 4s. per cwt.; and in view of there being no expenses for delivery, will he take steps to see that purchasers from such dumps get an advantage in reduced prices.
Major Lloyd George
The price of 6d. per 14 lbs. is the same as is charged for coal sold loose at shops and on the basis that the consumer takes it away. The Ministry has had to meet the cost of double handling and detailed weighing. There has also been substantial loss by degradation since the coal was stocked, and the Government will lose money on these transactions.