Coal Industry (Recruitment)

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd March 1948.

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Photo of Mr Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire 12:00 am, 2nd March 1948

asked the Minister of Labour what are the estimated costs of the publicity campaign to persuade public schoolboys to take up coalmining as a career; and what have been the results to date.

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

No such publicity campaign has been undertaken, but I understand that officials of the National Coal Board have addressed meetings of boys at some of the public schools to tell them about coalmining as a career.

Photo of Mr Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire

Could my right hon. Friend tell us whether his right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs has not frequently visited Eton to appeal to them to join up in the coalmining industry, and what were the results?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

I saw a number of lads working in a coal pit recently, but they were all so dirty that I could not tell whether they came from Eton or anywhere else.

Photo of Colonel Sir Alan Gomme-Duncan Colonel Sir Alan Gomme-Duncan , Perth

Does the reply refer to public schools as we know them in England, or to public schools as we know them in Scotland?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

I must frankly admit that I do not know the difference between the two.

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

In view of the importance of such a campaign, and the value it would have for the coalmining industry——

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

—would not the Minister consider advising the Conservative Party to accept responsibility for continuing such a campaign?