HC Deb 30 July 1964 vol 699 cc380-1W
72. Dame Irene Ward

asked the Minister of Power whether there are adequate stocks of coal to meet demands for coal at summer prices; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peyton

Though total stocks are good heavy demand has caused some local shortages of the best quality house coals. People who cannot obtain these might well consider accepting the cheaper coals which are plentiful and good value.

Mr. F. Noel-Baker

asked the Minister of Power if he will give a general direction to the National Coal Board to ensure that coal is available for sale to householders at summer prices and that these prices will remain in force until outstanding orders have been filled.

Mr. Peyton

No. There are local shortages of the higher qualities of house coal but the National Coal Board has good supplies of other qualities. Although the Board's lowest summer prices end on 31st July, there will still be a reduction in the Board's prices of 12s. 6d. per ton, compared with last winter, until the end of November.

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