Colliery Closures

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th March 1969.

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Photo of Mr Alexander Eadie Mr Alexander Eadie , Midlothian 12:00 am, 14th March 1969

I am sorry, Mr. Deputy Speaker.

The Government must to try to give more confidence to the industry. If my right hon. Friend were to announce a date for the reopening of the Michael Colliery he would boost morale considerably. We want to give hope to the industry and this would help defeat the crisis of confidence. We are told it is not a question of coal being extracted economically, but that the market is saturated and coal cannot be sold. If we continue with this argument how can we ask miners to increase productivity, because it will mean more pit closures?

If the Government will re-examine the Wilson Report of 1950, dealing with coal derivatives, and appoint a committee to examine the subject this would create confidence and morale. It will not be easy to restore confidence in the industry, but it would result, eventually, in a benefit not only to the miners, but the nation.