HC Deb 08 December 1952 vol 509 c12W
88. Mr. Murray

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what experiments he has made in the use of nutty slack for purposes of domestic heating; what were the results; what estimate he has made of the amount which can be made available; and how far, and when, householders will be able to purchase it.

Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd

I have myself experimented with nutty slack and seen it burning satisfactorily when used with other coal, especially in the improved appliances which are now being installed in increasing numbers. Except in Scotland, South Wales, Cumberland, Durham and Northumberland, where the National Coal Board are doing their best to make quantities of other off-ration coals available to domestic consumers, nutty slack is available in all areas. Since 1st December householders have been permitted to purchase as much as they wish from any coal merchant, and the N.C.B. expect to be able to meet all demands.