The total number of wage-earners on colliery books on 1st November was 715,200. The net increase necessary to raise this figure to the target of 730,000 is, therefore, 14,800. The intake required to achieve this increase' depends on the amount of wastage, which cannot be accurately forecast.
There is some diffidence about giving a firm answer to that question. The wastage during October was over 2,000 men per week, but that has now been reduced to 1,300 a week, and we certainly stand a chance of reaching the target.