HC Deb 05 March 1951 vol 485 c12W
90. Mr. Langford-Holt

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that on Wednesday, 14th February, a delivery of 1 cwt. of coal, price 4s. 7d., to Mrs. Sansley, of Pontesbury, Salop, contained 35 lbs. 7 ozs. of stone in lumps varying from 9 lb. 5 ozs. to 3 lbs. 15 ozs.; an what steps he is taking to see that the quality of coal is improved.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

Individual complaints about quality are matters for settlement between buyer and seller, following normal commercial practice. Merchants are well aware of the agreed procedure for taking up with the National Coal Board any cases of badly prepared consignments and should themselves, as principals, deal with any complaints from their customers, making genuine efforts to meet genuine grievances. As regards the general question of quality of coal, I would refer the hon. Member to the statement I made on 13th November last in reply to a Question from the hon. Member for Heeley (Mr. P. Roberts).