Collieries (Closures)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Coal – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th May 1960.

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Mr. Lee:

Would not the hon. Gentleman agree that it is somewhat paradoxical that we have now reached the position where we judge our success in the industry by our ability to cut back production? Would the hon. Gentleman examine the long-term energy programme and find out whether we are now to get from the Atomic Energy Authority that contribution to the total of energy production that it was estimated we would get? If we are not to get that, then indeed we shall shortly pass into a fuel crisis again. Will the Parliamentary Secretary consult his right hon. Friend on that?