HC Deb 20 January 1959 vol 598 c18W
Sir D. Robertson

asked the Paymaster-General if he is aware that coal merchants in the North of Scotland have been unable to procure anthracite coals for four or five months thus causing hardship to many families whose cookers are wholly dependent on anthracite fuel; if he will look into the matter with a view to immediate steps being taken to remedy the situation; and if he will make a statement.

Sir I. Horobin

Since decontrol, the distribution of anthracite is the full responsibility of the National Coal Board. They inform me that they have looked into the position in the North of Scotland and that their Scottish Board is in touch with the merchants there to give them the maximum assistance possible.