Production and Man-Power.

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry. – in the House of Commons on 12th March 1942.

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Mr. David Adams:

asked the Secretary for Mines whether, as the weekly output of coal is still below the target figure and the industry is still short of the minimum man-power required, it is now intended to recruit from other less essential industries skilled miners to meet the same either permanently or for the spring or summer months only?

Photo of Mr David Grenfell Mr David Grenfell , Gower

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Normanton (Mr. T. Smith) on 10th March.

Mr. Adams:

Would the Minister state the nature of that reply, and is he aware that collieries are idle in County Durham for lack of man-power?

Photo of Mr David Grenfell Mr David Grenfell , Gower

I said in the answer I gave that we are discussing the matter at an early date.