§ Mr. Mason
asked the Minister of Power if, following the discussions on coal distribution by the National Coal Board, the trade and the railways, he will take steps to nationalise all coal distribution, thereby enabling the streamlining and mechanising of coal sales and the elimination of exploitation by retailers in areas where coal is in short supply; and, in preparation for this, if he will issue a general direction to the National Coal Board to conduct a survey of national coal distribution, allied with an inquiry into distribution problems during the recent cold spell.
§ Mr. Richard Wood
No. I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to his Question on 31st January.