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Disputes, Kent

Volume 393: debated on Tuesday 9 November 1943

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that, owing to the violation of price list agreements at Betteshanger and Snowdown collieries in Kent, there is likely to be a dispute; and what action he proposes to take in the matter?

I am aware of the Betteshanger and Snowdown disputes. My conciliation officer has already met the two parties concerned, and he is meeting them again on 10th November to help them to arrange a satisfactory settlement.

Is the Minister aware that there is only a penny an inch difference on this issue? Can we afford to lose 20,000 tons of coal a week? Will he do his best to find a solution as quickly as possible?

I most certainly will, and I am hopeful that as a result of the meeting there will be agreement.