HC Deb 17 October 1973 vol 861 c205W
Sir D. Dodds-Parker

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will give a general direction to the National Coal Board to seek to use rail facilities for bulk carriage of coal and coke, so as to relieve road traffic.

Mr. Emery

Seventy per cent. of despatches from NCB collieries and coking and manufactured fuel plants are by rail. The buyer has the primary right to decide which method of transport is necessary for his business. I would be unwilling to interfere with this decision.

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