HC Deb 30 July 1964 vol 699 cc381-2W
Mr. Hirst

asked the Minister of Power whether, in view of the high and increasing cost of smokeless fuels and the inability of the suppliers of the more suitable varieties to keep pace with the growth of smokeless areas, he will institute an inquiry with a view to alleviating the position.

Mr. Peyton

Total supplies of solid smokeless fuels are adequate to meet the needs of existing smoke control areas and production of premium smokeless fuels is being expanded. A recent inquiry, reported in White Paper (Cmnd. 2231), has shown that new smoke control areas will, however, have to be more broadly based to make use of all types of fuel. There have been increases in cost of manufacture and some rise in prices has been unavoidable.

I doubt whether any further inquiry would be helpful.

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