Fuel Economy

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry – in the House of Commons on 25th April 1944.

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Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether, in imposing fuel restrictions on shops and offices, he will take into account the necessity of drying the clothes of the workers involved during wet weather.

Major Lloyd George:

I regret that in view of the need for further reduction in fuel consumption, I cannot see my way to make the concession suggested, which would in any case be liable to abuse.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

Is the Minister aware that there is an increase of absenteeism already, consequer t upon colds and ill-health among these people, because of the fact that they are unable to dry their clothes at work?

Major Lloyd George:

I am not aware of that.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

Do these restrictions apply to the clerks in the Minister's own office?

Major Lloyd George:

They apply not only to a e clerks, but to myself as well.

Photo of Mr William Brown Mr William Brown , Rugby

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that the transfer of the staffs of the registry and despatch sections of his headquarters office to bricked-up rooms has necessitated the use of 16 150/200 watt lamps throughout the clay; that the vacated accommodation in which artificial light during daytime normally was unnecessary is not to he put to constant use, but is reserved for occasional conferences; and whether, in the interests of fuel economy, he will agree to 'he representations of the staff side of hi:; departmental Whitley Council that these staffs should be transferred back to their previous rooms.

Major Lloyd George:

The transfer of staff to new accommodation was made as the result o f representations from the staff themselves as to the unsuitability of the old accommodation and in the interests both of efficiency and of security. Artificial light was necessary during practically the whole of the day in the old accommodation, especially during winter months and the fluorescent lighting which has now been installed in the new accommodation is not only superior but is considered on balance to result in a saving of consumption of electricity.