§ Air-Commodore Harvey
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he is aware that the deliveries of coal in the Marple area have for some time been considerably below the allocation figures and that the coal deliveries for the first 19 weeks of the current coal year are down by approximately 20 per cent.; and if, because of the climatic conditions in this area and the fact that there are no reserve dumps in the locality, he will take the necessary steps to improve the position.
§ Mr. Shinwell
I am aware that supplies of coal generally have been considerably below the programmed allocation figures for the first 19 weeks of the current period, and that in the case of Marple the deficiency is 5 per cent. greater than for the North-Western Region as a whole. Steps have already been taken to send into Marple sufficient supplies to remedy this deficiency. Regard is paid to the general needs of the area in fixing the allocations. In case of emergency supplies can be made available from the Government dump at Stockport.