HC Deb 11 December 1950 vol 482 cc110-1W
107. Mr. Assheton

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he is aware of the serious shortage of domestic fuel in Blackburn; and why supplies of unscreened deep-mined and opencast coal which were used as an addition to the allocation of householders have been withdrawn from the north-west area whilst continuing to be sold in other divisions.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

I am advised that there are no special difficulties about house coal supplies in Blackburn. Unscreened coal, which is essentially an industrial fuel, has not been withdrawn from the domestic market in the North-Western Region. But owing to the demands of industry, very little is at present available in any region.