State Management (Australia)

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13 March 1945.

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Photo of Mr Oswald Lewis Mr Oswald Lewis , Colchester 12:00, 13 March 1945

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he will get from the Australian Government particulars of the results obtained at those coalmines in Australia, the management of which has been taken over by that Government, showing the financial results obtained and a comparison as to the number of men employed, and the production obtained compared with that during their private ownership, and if he will make available by means of a White Paper, or otherwise, this information for Members of this House, in order that they may have an opportunity of seeing how nationalisation has worked in practice in this case.

Major Lloyd George:

I have consulted my Noble Friend the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, who is making inquiries of the Commonwealth authorities. I will communicate with my hon. Friend as soon as possible.