HC Deb 13 May 1948 vol 450 cc239-40W
72. Mr. H. Fraser

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether, in view of heavy accumulating local surpluses of coal slack in such areas as North Staffordshire, he will consider a regional derationing of further grades of fuel.

Mr. Gaitskell

Yes. I am at present considering, in consultation with the National Coal Board, whether further types of low-grade small coal may be made available, free of restriction, to the domestic consumer. I hope to make an announcement shortly.

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