108. Mr. E. P. Smith
asked the Minister of Supply if he is aware that there is a growing shortage of the usual types of domestic apparatus for burning paraffin; and whether, in view of the fact that increased use of paraffin for cooking, etc., in country districts will save large quantities of coal this winter, he will endeavour to arrange for a larger supply of paraffin appliances to be made available in the rural areas.
§ Mr. Woodburn
The manufacturers have been asked to ensure that the needs of rural areas receive special attention. If the hon. Member knows of a shortage in a particular area and will let me have details, I will do what I can to help.
§ Lieut.-Colonel Sharp
asked the Minister of Supply what arrangements he has made to place blanket orders for the production of efficient standardised domestic fuel appliances as recommended by the Fuel Advisory Council: and when, and to what extent, he estimates that such appliances will be available to local authorities.
§ Mr. Leonard
The placing of blanket orders for the production of these appliances is under discussion with the industry, and agreement has been reached to a certain measure of standardisation. Some of the approved types are already available to local authorities and it is estimated that the overall requirement will be met.