HC Deb 23 February 1953 vol 511 cc187-8W
73. Squadron Leader Cooper

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he is able to relax conditions imposed upon householders and permit a more frequent right to change coal supplier.

Mr. Joynson-Hicks

My right hon. Friend is anxious to ease restrictions on domestic coal supplies but for the present I can only say that domestic consumers will have an opportunity of changing their coal merchant for the new coal year commencing 1st May, by giving notice during March. An announcement on this will be made soon.

Mr. Elwyn Jones

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he will take immediate steps to secure for distribution among householders whose homes were recently flooded in the West Ham, South Division, good quality coal, which is at present in very short supply, to enable them to dry their homes.

Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd

I have made inquiries and am writing to the hon. Member.

Lieut.-Commander Baldock

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware of the present difficulty in obtaining domestic coal supplies in the Leicester district, in spite of the proximity of the coalfield; and what steps he proposes to take to remedy the matter.

Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd

I am making inquiries and will write to my hon. and gallant Friend as soon as possible.

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