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By Malcolm E. Falkus

This non-technical, readable ebook strains the historical past of North Thames gasoline from the nationalization of the gasoline in 1949 until eventually privatization in 1986, a interval which observed the swap shape a place within the Nineteen Fifties the place its survival used to be threatened.

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The impact of increasing coal costs was magnified by the differential charging scheme operated by the National Coal Board. This scheme was introduced by the Coal Board in 1951 and first put into effect in 1954. It meant that the gas industry would have to pay more for its coal than virtually every other class of industrial consumer. Despite strenuous attempts by Milne-Watson and Burns to persuade the National Coal Board to revise its decision, the new charges were maintained. Burns wrote to MilneWatson, 'the National Coal Board are completely unmoved.

There was, therefore, an increasing concentration on marketing as it became recognised that the survival of the industry depended upon successful sales of appliances in order to maintain loads. In many ways the situation was reminiscent of the inter-war years, and a sign of the renewed emphasis on marketing was the reappearance in 1953 of News, the former sales and service magazine of the Gas Light & Coke Company, which had ceased publication upon the outbreak of war in 1939. 3 The Struggle for Survival Knowing of the great expansion achieved by the gas industry during the 1960s and 1970s, it is hard to comprehend just how real appeared the threat to the continued existence of the industry during the first decade of nationalisation.

Electricity even began to make significant inroads into the domestic cooking market, especially in new private housing developments. Before the Second World War about 90 per cent of families in the Gas Light Company's area had cooked by gas; by 1950 the proportion had fallen to about 85 per cent, by 1960 to 80 per cent and during the 1970s to 75 per cent. However, these The Struggle for Survival 49 13 A District Office, c. 1952. This is the main office at Barking Road, in the Eastern Division. Here the District Clerks, Area Representatives and clerks in the Ordering and Rental Sections still worked by gaslight.

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