§ Sir W. Smiles
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he is aware that since the National Coal Board- came into being there have been complaints about the 313W quality of coal supplied for domestic purposes; and if he will make it an offence to supply house coal with a greater ash content than 15 per cent.
§ Mr. Shinwell
I am aware that there has been some complaint which has not been limited to the period since the National Coal Board took over. As I have previously stated, the Board is giving close attention to the improvement in standards of quality, but under present conditions it is not practicable to specify that only coal of a particular standard shall be supplied for domestic use.