HC Deb 31 January 1963 vol 670 c207W
45. Mr. Mason

asked the Minister of Power if he will institute an official inquiry into the overall system of coal distribution, especially the problems of the recent cold spell, with a view to ascertaining whether the present system is adequate; whether legislation is required to give the Government more control; whether he will take steps to control retail coal prices so that individual coal merchants will not exploit customers during periods of great demand; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Wood

I do not think these steps are necessary. Future arrangements for the supply of house coal are being discussed by the Coal Board, the trade and the railways, and I shall ask everyone who is concerned in these discussions to pay special attention to the experience of the last few weeks.