HC Deb 24 February 1949 vol 461 cc324-5W
88. Mrs. Paton

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he is aware that residents of Carlton, Nottinghamshire, are not receiving their due allocation of coal; and, in view of the insufficient gas supply until new plant can be installed, if he will take steps to ensure that the distribution of coal there is regular and adequate.

Mr. Robens

The merchants trading from the Carlton and Nottingham depots have received their allocation of house coal in full so far this Winter and I am not aware of any particular difficulty in the area.

101. Mr. Edward Evans

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware of the anxiety of the town council of Beccles at the low stocks of coal in the town; and if he will take immediate steps to meet the situation caused by the shortage.

Mr. Robens

No, we have not received any representations from the town council and I am informed that disposals of house coal to consumers in Beccles both during last Summer and for the period since 1st November were higher than last year. In view, however, of the low stocks now held by merchants arrangements have been made to send some additional coal into the town.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what the reasons have been for the coal shortage in Girvan, Ayrshire; and what steps he is taking to deal with it.

Mr. Robens

Although deliveries to merchants in Girvan as in Scotland generally have fallen short this Winter because Scottish coal output has been below expectations, Girvan received more coal in the year from 1st May, 1948, to date than in the corresponding period of the previous year and I am not aware of any particular difficulties in the area.