By leave of the House, I would like to inform hon. Members of the progress I have made to date in regard to the regional machinery of my Department as outlined in the recent White Paper on Coal. I have decided that under the regional organisation the country will be divided into eight coal-producing regions and four non-coal-producing regions. For each region I am appointing a Regional Controller, who will be my representative in his region.
The eight coal-producing regions will be as follow:—
No, Sir. The hon. Member for Ince will not do that. My hon. Friend will observe that I said that he will take up his appointment as soon as the necessary arrangements can be made.