asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the national importance of the coalmining industry, both during and after the war, and in view of the rapid fall in the numbers employed in the industry, especially boys, before and during the war, he has considered better means of maintaining an adequate labour force in the industry?
Yes, Sir. I have given this question considerable thought and in asso- ciation with my hon. Friend the Secretary for Mines I have brought the problem to the notice of the two sides of the industry and made certain suggestions for their consideration. Both sides of the industry have agreed to co-operate with the Government in an urgent examination of the problems involved and I am now awaiting their report.