HC Deb 08 November 1948 vol 457 c157W
67. Mr. Cooper-Key

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he will lift the present restriction which prevents consumers changing their coal merchant.

Mr. Robens

At my right hon. Friend's request the Domestic Coal Consumers' Council recently gave further consideration to this matter and have now recommended that consumers should be given the opportunity to change their coal merchants on 1st May, 1949. My right hon. Friend is considering whether it will be practicable to adopt this proposal, but is unlikely to reach a final decision until early in the New Year.