Mr William Foster: Is my right hon. Friend not aware that in these cases where trade union contributions are deducted through the colliery office, the miners themselves pay a percentage out of the contributions for the services rendered?
Mr William Foster: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he will discuss with the National Coal Board the employment in the mining industry of unemployed exminers suffering from some slight physical disability, but fit and capable of performing useful work underground or on the surface, submitted by respective local employment exchanges for notified vacancies.
Mr William Foster: Is my right hon. Friend aware that there are thousands of ex- miners suffering from slight disability who are signing on at the employment exchange and who, in some cases, have been submitted to the local collieries for employment and have been rejected on medical grounds?
Mr William Foster: Is my right hon. Friend aware that these ex-miners who received their injuries at the collieries are unable to obtain employment in other industries because of their injuries and that work underground or on the surface is their only access to employment?
Mr William Foster: asked the Minister of Labour whether vacancies for underground work in the mining industry are notified at the local employment exchanges; and if he will give the number of miners or ex-miners obtained from this source for the three months ended 31st March this year.
Mr William Foster: asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware of the large number of ex-miners signing on at the local employment exchanges; and what steps he is taking to ascertain their fitness for suitable work in the mining industry.
Mr William Foster: Is my right hon. Friend not aware that there are a large number of ex-miners signing on at the employment exchanges who are suffering from some slight disability by which they are precluded from entering industry, but who could perform some useful work in the mining industry and so release pit men to go to the coal face and help to increase coal production?
Mr William Foster: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what number of recruits for the mining industry has been obtained in January, February and March of this year; how many have been allotted for training; and how many have been found employment by the National Coal Board.
Mr William Foster: Can the Minister give us the numbers obtained from the employment exchanges of ex-miners who have signed on for unemployment benefit?
Mr William Foster: asked the Minister of Labour (1) how many vacancies have been notified to the employment exchanges in each coalfield; and how many miners are drawing unemployment benefit in each coalfield; (2) how many unemployed miners have been submitted in each coalfield for notified vacancies; and with what result.
Mr William Foster: Can my right hon. Friend say whether there is any arrangement at all between his Department and the Ministry of Fuel and Power to absorb these unemployed miners?
Mr William Foster: Is it in Order for an hon. Member to take more than one copy and leave other hon. Members without a copy?
Mr William Foster: Not only on the miners, but on the colliery owners.
Mr William Foster: asked the Minister of Works whether, in view of the need for additional labour for brickworks, which are often in remote areas, he has considered the desirability of providing transport in cases where men are available but are unable to take employment because of the lack of transport facilities.
Mr William Foster: The decision to manufacture a drop bottom type of mine car not previously produced in this country, carried with it the need to accept the establishment here of a sole agent of the American makers of the pattern selected. The advice to the Sanford Day Company to select the United Steel Company was determined by the facts that regular tub production capacity was fully absorbed, that the United...
Mr William Foster: If my hon. Friend will put down a Question—
Mr William Foster: If my hon. Friend will put down a Question asking for the information for which he has asked in his supplementary question, we shall be prepared to look into it and answer it. I have no information on the point.
Mr William Foster: I can assure my hon. Friend that the Ministry has been and is at the moment encouraging British firms to produce their own types of cars for this purpose.
Mr William Foster: My right hon. Friend was not aware that this matter was to be raised this afternoon by my hon. Friend the Member for Normanton (Mr. T. Smith), otherwise he would have been in his place to answer the question. The reply which my right hon. Friend gave yesterday was to a supplementary question in respect to the increase in output and, relying upon his memory, he omitted to put a nought after...
Mr William Foster: Why raise that point? What about your own side?