asked the Minister of Fuel and Power in how many cases instructions have been given by the Regional Coal Controllers as to the seams to be worked and the methods of conducting underground operations; and whether any changes have been required in the managing staff of the less efficient collieries with a view to obtaining an increase in output?
Regional Controllers and their staffs are constantly discussing with the various colliery companies in their regions possible methods of increasing output, and their suggestions have already been put into effect in a number of cases. Changes in managerial staff have also been put into effect in certain cases.
I can assure the hon. Member that active steps are being taken to ensure that the Regional Controllers of the Ministry of Fuel and Power are fully supplied with adequate technical staff. They have already secured, for their senior staff, men of high qualifications and the latter are at present in the process of selecting the best available technical assistants.
I think the Question relates to the provision of adequate technical staff. Seniors have been appointed, but in some districts there has been a little difficulty in the way of getting suitable technical assistants.