HC Deb 25 July 1949 vol 467 c89W
Mr. Amory

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that many people in country districts are finding it impossible to obtain supplies of anthracite fuel; and whether he will arrange for priority of allocation to those who have no alternative means of cooking and heating.

Mr. Gaitskell

As I have previously explained, there is a general shortage of anthracite on the home market because of the need to increase exports, particularly to Canada. Coke, however, is plentiful in most districts and is a suitable alternative for nearly all cooking and heating stoves and boilers. Priority for supplies of anthracite is given where the appliances cannot operate on any other fuel, but heat-storage cookers do not come within this category.