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Personal Case

Volume 436: debated on Thursday 24 April 1947

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he has now had a report from the National Coal Board on the case of an ex-miner who wished to return to the pit, who, because of the difficulties in obtaining tools, clothing, soap and extra food rations, and delays and loss of time in securing these necessities, has preferred to return to unemployment benefit; and what action is being taken by the National Coal Board to minimise these inconveniences.

No, Sir. This is a matter for the National Coal Board, who have already been asked to look into the matter and I will communicate with my hon. Friend in due course.

Is the Minister aware that when this man applied there were no forms available for obtaining some of these things, and will he arrange for them to be provided automatically, in view of the fact that every ex-miner is entitled to them?

The hon. Member has communicated with me on the details, and I have already asked the Coal Board about this matter.