HC Deb 27 November 1950 vol 481 cc115-6W
101. Mr. Bell

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power by how much he has reduced the amount of coal available for shipping bunkers; and what effect this reduction is estimated to have on the activities of the Mercantile Marine.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

The reduction may amount to about 200,000 tons if the reductions have to be maintained during the remaining winter months. I am informed by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport that discussions with the shipping industry and the overseas bunker proprietors are now taking place, in order that this reduction may be made without any dislocation of shipping services.

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