Colliery Canteens

Oral Answers to Questions — Fuel and Power – in the House of Commons on 29th September 1942.

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Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the number of canteens now established at coal mines; what proportion of these supply hot meals; and what is the number of pits at which no canteen facilities are provided?

Photo of Mr Gwilym Lloyd George Mr Gwilym Lloyd George , Pembrokeshire

Eight hundred and nineteen coal mines employing more than 50 persons have canteens established, and 71 mines employing less than 50 persons have been provided with a food service. Canteens supplying full meals are in operation at 123 mines, under construction at 181 and in preparation at 147, making a total of 451 covering 57 per cent. of the personnel of the industry. Hot snacks are obtainable at a number of the other canteens also. Two hundred and eleven mines employing more than 50 persons have no canteen facilities at present, but at 110 of these, building or other preparatory work is in progress towards establishing canteens, and at nearly all the others the workmen do not want canteens.

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

Is the Minister taking-steps to increase the number of canteens which are providing full meals? Is he aware that the facilities so far provided are short of the real need if miners are to maintain their health?

Photo of Mr Gwilym Lloyd George Mr Gwilym Lloyd George , Pembrokeshire

Anything I can do to push that forward I shall do, as I attach the greatest importance to that policy.