HC Deb 21 May 1946 vol 423 cc51-2W
100. Commander Noble

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that there are many people in London who ordered fuel some weeks before 1st May but find that if it was not delivered before that date they are not now entitled to it; and what steps he is taking to remedy this.

Mr. Shinwell

I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to my reply of 9th April on this subject to my hon. Friend the Member for Upton (Mr. A. Lewis), of which I am sending him a copy.

101. Mr. Renton

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he will grant an issue of coal during the summer months to persons who are classified as lodgers in other people's homes.

Mr. Shinwell

No, Sir. Local fuel overseers are already empowered to license additional supplies for any premises if they are satisfied that the quantities allowed under the restrictions are inadequate.

Major Conant

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he is aware of the difficulties of the inhabitants of Martley, Abberley, Witley and Shrawley in Worcestershire, in obtaining delivery of the coal supplies to which they are entitled; and whether, as this is due to the merchants being short of labour and transport, he will authorise the local fuel overseer to permit delivery of the ration in larger quantities to customers who have storage space available.

Mr. Shinwell

I am not aware that there are any special difficulties in the distribution of coal to domestic consumers in these districts or that there is any special shortage of labour and transport. Many of the premises in these districts are, however, inaccessible during the winter and applications from consumers to stock the full permitted quantity for the year during the summer will be sympathetically dealt with by the local fuel overseer.