HC Deb 03 December 1958 vol 596 c139W
80. Mr. Callaghan

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what orders for coal for use by the Royal Navy have been placed in foreign countries.

Mr. Allan

A contract has recently been placed with a British firm for the supply to Malta of about 3,800 tons of large coal from Poland. We ordered it because it was cheaper and there is no surplus of large coal in the United Kingdom. At other overseas establishments coal is obtained from general stocks held locally by contractors. The source of origin of these supplies is not specified by the Admiralty.