Miners (Release from Armed Forces)

Oral Answers to Questions — Fuel and Power – in the House of Commons on 8th September 1942.

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Photo of Mr John Tinker Mr John Tinker , Leigh

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the number of miners who have been allowed to return to the mines from the Forces; and whether he will make it known under what conditions they will be recalled?

Major Lloyd George:

Approximately 9,100 men released from the Army and the Royal Air Force under the special arrangement for the return of ex-miners have started work in coal mines. The men who were released from the Army will remain in the industry indefinitely and the period of release granted to men from the Royal Air Force has been extended to 30th June, 1943. All collieries have been informed of these arrangements.

Photo of Mr Robert Taylor Mr Robert Taylor , Morpeth

Can the number be given of face workers in the 9,000 returned from the Services?

Photo of Mr Arthur Molson Mr Arthur Molson , High Peak

Are any further releases taking place from the Armed Forces at present?