HC Deb 04 December 1947 vol 445 cc104-5W
100. Mr. Tolley

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power how many private distributing agencies are operating under the National Coal Board; how much a year is being paid to them for this service, and what is the cost per ton of coal.

Mr. Gaitskell

I regret the information asked for, which relates to matters now the concern of the National Coal Board, is not available in my Department. As indicated in the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for South Ayrshire (Mr. Emrys Hughes) on 20th November, the Board have the general question of their relationships with distributors under active consideration.