HC Deb 02 February 1959 vol 599 c4W
55. Mr. Awbery

asked the Paymaster-General if he will give a general direction to the National Coal Board to increase the allocation of household coal to merchants as the present supply is insufficient to meet the current needs of the people.

Mr. Maudling

No. Ample supplies of household coal are available to the merchants, though where they insist on particular qualities their demands cannot always be met promptly by the Board. The rush of orders following the cold spell has, of course, resulted in some delay in delivery by merchants to consumers.