§ 26. Mr. P. Williams
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what arrangements are being made about the shipment of coal which is to be imported into Britain.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd
All such arrangements are made by the National Coal Board through commercial channels.
§ Mr. Williams
Can my right hon. Friend give an assurance that none of the shipments will be the subject of any fifty-fifty agreement or any other flag discrimination by the country of sale?
§ Mr. Williams
In which case there will be no possibility of flag discrimination whatsoever in this case?
§ Lieut.-Colonel Lipton
Cannot the difficulties be surmounted by not importing coal at all? If the Minister wants to know how to avoid importing coal, I can tell him about it afterwards.
§ Mr. Bottomley
Are not British shipping interests suffering because of the import of coal from the United States and ought not the Minister to make representations on behalf of British shipping?
§ 27. Mr. V. Yates
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the approximate cost of importing 12 million tons of coal during 1955 as compared with the total cost of coal imports during 1954.
§ Lieut.-Colonel Bromley-Davenport
Is not the shortage of coal typical of every other nationalised industry—worse service at increased cost to the unfortunate public?
§ Mr. Gaitskell
Could the Minister explain why we are apparently continuing to export coal at a lower price than the price which is paid for imported coal, and will he not consider restricting exports in order to reduce imports and therefore save some money?