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Coal Production Council

Volume 360: debated on Thursday 9 May 1940

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asked the Secretary for Mines what recommendations the Coal Production Council has made as to how best to re-absorb into the industry the unemployed miners; and what action it is proposed to take to deal with the matter?

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to him on 7th May.

Is the Minister aware that there was very grave feeling caused by the publication in the Press of a statement that there are now actually 5,000 fewer miners at work than there were at the beginning of September, especially in view of the announcement that the Government intended to increase our output by 13,000 tons a year? Will he take an early opportunity of making a full statement to the House?

No authorised statement was made and I hope to take an early opportunity of making a statement to the House.

May I ask whether the statement that there were actually 5,000 fewer men employed was correct or incorrect?

Will the Minister see that the men who are being victimised in the coal mines have work?