HC Deb 29 January 1951 vol 483 c65W
109. Brigadier Rayner

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what main directives he has issued to the National Coal Board during the past three months.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

In my statements on 20th November, and in the debate of 12th December last, I referred to instructions I have given to the National Coal Board on behalf of the Government to buy coal abroad and authorising them to purchase up to 1.2 million tons in the United States. I further referred to the Government's decision to reduce exports. To give effect to this decision, I have since made an Order under Defence Regulations restricting the supplies which the Board may make available for export during the first four months of 1951.

111. Miss Ward

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he has now appointed a mining engineer to the Coal Board.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

Not yet. There is at present no vacancy on the Board. Under the Regulations Sir Eric Young's appointment as a Board member does not expire until 28th February.