HC Deb 18 November 1946 vol 430 cc44-5W
140. Mr. S. Shephard

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the proposals to close down certain industries during the winter if the coal position deteriorates.

Mr. Belcher

Discussions have been proceeding between my right hon. Friend the Minister of Fuel and Power and my right hon. and learned Friend and with both sides of industry, about the arrangements for the supply of fuel to industry this winter in the event of supplies being insufficient to meet the increasing industrial consumption. At no time in these discussions has it been contemplated that certain industries should be closed down.

Colonel Hutchison

asked the President of the Board of Trade what discussions have been taking place regarding the plan to close down certain industries in the event of fuel shortage; and when that plan will be available to the House and to the industries concerned.

Mr. Belcher

I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the reply I have given today to the hon. Member for Newark (Mr. Shephard).