Voluntary Shifts (Output)

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal and Coke Supplies – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th June 1951.

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Photo of Mr Barnett Janner Mr Barnett Janner , Leicester North West 12:00 am, 11th June 1951

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what recent figures he has to show how much extra coal has been mined as a result of the voluntary shift working of miners on Saturdays; how many pits worked this extra shift; and how many extra hours were involved.

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby South

During the first 22 weeks of this year, 6.3 million tons of coal have been produced by Saturday shifts. The average number of mines which worked was 707. The Saturday shift is about an hour shorter than the normal week-day shift.

Photo of Mr Barnett Janner Mr Barnett Janner , Leicester North West

Is my right hon. Friend aware that Leicestershire has played a very important part in the production of this extra coal? Will he express his recognition of this magnificent national effort on the part of the miners?

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby South

Yes, Sir, I have done it many times. It was a magnificent effort. I think that, worked out in man hours, it would probably be something well over 20 million extra man hours this year.