The first months of 1947 will remain in the memories of those who lived through them as the time of one of the worst fuel shortages, in conjunction with one of the most severe winters, in British history. Coal stocks were run down to an unprecedently low level. Production could not be pushed up to its prewar figures. Gas and electricity supplies to the domestic consumer were mercilessly cut, so that the housewife would find herself without heat either to warm herself or to cook dinner for the family. Industry staggered to keep alive, with limited hours being worked in factories.
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