§ 16. Mr. Cocks
asked the Secretary for Mines whether his attention has been called to the scheme at Plymouth where all the coal coming into the city is pooled and distributed on a rationing basis to the dealers; and whether he will instruct the local coal controllers to institute similar schemes in other centres?
§ The Secretary for Mines (Mr. David Grenfell)
I have been kept fully informed of these pooling arrangements by my local representatives who have given them their full support, and I am glad to say that they have led to a considerable improvement in the distribution of house coal in Plymouth. These arrangements are voluntary; and I look forward to their extension to other suitable areas, through the operation of the House Coal Distribution (Emergency) Scheme. The authorities of the Scheme are aware of the importance which I attach to the matter.
§ Mr. Grenfell
Yes, Sir, I am in touch with them about the scheme, and they say that they are well aware of its importance.
§ Mr. Culverwell
If the scheme is such a success, will the Minister endeavour to utilise it elsewhere and, if necessary, use compulsory powers?