§ Mr. Rhys Davies
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that shortage of coal for household consumers is not always the result of shortage of supplies; that it arises on occasions because dealers cannot retain enough men to deliver coal; that coal deliverers, in the nature of their employment, are prone to a heavy rate of sickness and absence; and will he consult with the Ministry of Labour to see that enough men are available to carry on this necessary task, especially during winter months?
Major Lloyd George
Yes, Sir. I have been in consultation with my right hon. Friend and the scope of the Essential Work Order has been extended to meet the situation.