Unemployed Miners (Guaranteed Wage).

Oral Answers to Questions — Fuel and Power. – in the House of Commons on 1st July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Alexander Sloan Mr Alexander Sloan , South Ayrshire

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what amount in lieu of wages has been paid to Scottish miners under the guaranteed wage where workmen, capable and available for work, have been unable to obtain same?

Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

During the operation of the Essential Work (Coal Mining Industry) Order the payments of guaranteed wage to Scottish miners have totalled £183,576. That is the amount from the beginning of June, 1941, to 26th June, 1942.

Photo of Mr William Foster Mr William Foster , Wigan

What steps, if any, are being taken to ascertain the causes of these losses, and who is responsible?

Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

Knowing the difficulty on that point, I will certainly make inquiries with regard to it.

Photo of Mr Alexander Sloan Mr Alexander Sloan , South Ayrshire

Is my hon. Friend aware that this represents a loss of 150,000 shifts, with a probable loss of nearly 200,000 tons of coal, in Scotland, and is he able to give any reason why this enormous loss has been incurred?

Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

Certainly, I know what it represents, but the Question concerned certain facts, and if my hon. Friend has any other point in mind, perhaps he will put down another Question.

Photo of Mr Alexander Sloan Mr Alexander Sloan , South Ayrshire

Am I not entitled to ask for information?

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

Did not the hon. Member hear the Minister say that he would give an answer if another Question was put on the Order Paper?