HC Deb 23 October 1950 vol 478 c297W
Mr. York

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what is the average quantity of coal merchants have delivered and will be enabled to deliver during the summer and the winter period, respectively, to each registered customer in Harrogate and Knaresborough.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

During the summer period of six months ending 31st October, supplies from the collieries are used partly to meet current demand from domestic consumers and partly to build up stocks in merchants' yards. The average delivery to domestic consumers in the northern regions in the period 1st May to 7th October amounted to about 16¼ cwt. The quantity still to be delivered to domestic consumers during the remainder of the summer, and during the coming winter, will depend partly on supplies from collieries, partly on consumer demand and partly on the rate of stock building. Deliveries in Harrogate and Knaresborough for the whole period should not be below the general average for the northern regions.