§ Captain Kerby
asked the Paymaster-General if he is aware that, whilst concessionary coal has become regarded as a traditional perquisite of miners, governed by certain individual arrangements between former colliery owners and their employees, such private arrangements were made before nationalisation; and if he will, therefore, now give a general direction to the National Coal Board to end forthwith the provision of concessionary coal to one section of the community while we still have to import coal from abroad.
§ Sir I. Horobin
No. Concessionary coal is part of mine workers' remuneration and as such is dealt with through the agreed conciliation machinery for the coal-mining industry. Imports of coal into this country have ceased save under existing contracts for a limited quantity, mainly from the Continent.