§ Captain Kerby
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that, if the free concessionary coal, or coal at nominal prices provided for miners, typists and other workers employed by the National Coal Board, were reduced to the amounts of other domestic consumers' allocation, there would become available another 4 million tons of coal a year, with a saving of expenditure on imported coal of some £23 million; and if he will forthwith give a general direction to the National Coal Board to end the provision of concessionary coal to miners and other employees of the National Coal Board at the expense of the householder and the rest of the community.
§ Mr. Aubrey Jones
Concessionary coal is traditionally a part of the remuneration of workers in the mining industry and for the most part is governed by long-standing individual colliery agreements concluded between employers and workers. Any change in these agreements must be negotiated between the parties concerned.