§ Mr. Spearing
asked the Minister for Energy if he will show in the OFFICIAL REPORT the calculations indicating that without three-day working critical levels of coal stocks would have been reached in late January or early February ; and if he will also give the dates when he expects that position to be reached on the basis of current levels of coal delivery and electricity consumption.
§ Mr. Patrick Jenkin
The stock position underlying the electricity industry's calculations was set out in the statement issued by the Minister for Industry on 1st January 1974. The present electricity restrictions are intended to ensure that the critical level of coal stocks will not be reached before the end of March 1974.