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Colliery Canteens

Volume 387: debated on Tuesday 23 March 1943

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power at how many collieries out of the 1,028 employing more than 50 workers canteens have been established, and at how many of these are hot meals supplied?

Canteens have been established at 850 of these collieries, and 243 of the canteens supply full meals.

Do the figures show a considerable increase in the last three months, and, if so, does my right hon. and gallant Friend hope to get a similar increase in the next three months?

There has been a substantial increase. In fact, it has been a steady progress since it started, and I hope that it will continue.

In view of the need for these canteens, will the Minister see that materials and equipment are provided to complete canteens that are held up?

I will do everything I can, but my hon. Friend will appreciate that there are other demands. We are doing what we can with both labour and material.