Coalmining Industry (Prosecutions).

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 6th August 1942.

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Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

asked the Minister of Labour the number of person employed in and about coalmines who have been prosecuted by his Department in each of the several coalfields, giving the number of miners employed, or the percentage of prosecution to the number employed in each case?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

The available records show that up to the end of June, 1942, the number of persons prosecuted for breaches of the Essential Work (Coalmining Industry) Orders was as follows:

England424
Wales14
Scotland53
I have no statistics which would enable me to classify prosecutions instituted under the Essential Work (Coalmining Industry) Orders by reference to the different coalfields in which persons prosecuted were employed. It would not be in the public interest to give information about the number of men employed.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

Is the Minister aware of the suspicion that some of his officers are very much keener on prosecuting miners in some coalfield districts than in others, and will he look into this?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I do not accept that statement. I am quite sure my officials have acted strictly in accordance with the instructions and, in the main, in accordance with the advice of the responsible committees.

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

No managers have yet been prosecuted.