HC Deb 21 March 1963 vol 674 cc88-9W
68. Mr. Holt

asked the Minister of Power what reports he has received from producers of solid smokeless fuels, distributors, and local authorities operating smoke-free zones, concerning the quality and reliability of the fuels, their handling, and their efficiency in the grate; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peyton

Some distributors have reported preference for premium smokeless fuels over other qualities. In its report to my right hon. Friend published recently the Domestic Coal Consumers' Council does not accept some of the criticisms of the quality of smokeless fuels, but recognizes that there is room for improvement. I understand improvements in the preparation of Phimax for supply to Bolton are being put in hand.

69. Mr. Holt

asked the Minister of Power if he will have discussions with the producers and distributors of solid smokeless fuels on the lessons to be learnt from experience this winter concerning the need for reliability of quality, for careful handling and for weather protection; and if he will announce the steps to be taken to bring about an improvement in this field at an early date.

Mr. Peyton

My Department is in close touch with producers and distributors of solid fuels, who are considering what can be learnt from this winter's events. I think the hon. Member will be interested in the Report of the Domestic Coal Consumers' Council, a copy of which is in the Library.

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