HC Deb 06 March 1969 vol 779 c167W
Mr. Hobden

asked the Minister of Power if he is aware of the delay in deliveries of coal, coke and coalite in the south-east coastal area; and what action he proposes to take.

Mr. Freeson

In general supplies of solid fuel are adequate, but there are shortages of particular varieties in some areas. Local availability is a matter for the producers and distributors, but if the hon. Member has evidence of serious delays perhaps he will let me know.

Mr. Marks

asked the Minister of Power if he will introduce legislation to protect the buyers of solid smokeless fuels from the short measure arising when fuel is sold containing a high proportion of moisture.

Mr. Freeson

The practicability of controlling the moisture content of smokeless fuels by legislation and by voluntary measures is being examined by my Department with other Government Departments, producers, distributors and consumers. I hope that we can reach a conclusion this year.

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