. WELLINGTON, April 4. The Hon. A. M. Myers states that New Zealand in 1914 used approximately -2,800,000 tons of coal. In 1918 all "that was available to meet the Increased consumption from all sources was 2,000,000 tons. Although this 28.57 per cent, shortage existed, the official control over the distribution was such as to prevent any industry from stopping for want of coal. Over 600.000 tons of coal had been delivered throughout New Zealand under the supervision of the Department. At the moment the problem is how to make provision for next winter, giving reasonable opportunities. The Minister, who is retaining control over the coal distribution, hopes to see the important public utilities carrying reasonable supplies by, the end of May next, after which the intention is to see that the people get all the West Coast coal that the miners can turn out for them. By this means if the output only~"eontinues normal, it is hoped that all homes will be provided with coal by the miners.
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COAL SUPPLIES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9579, 5 April 1919
COAL SUPPLIES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9579, 5 April 1919
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