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Volume 466: debated on Monday 4 July 1949

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power which are the coalfields where shortage of recruits is holding up promotion of the more experienced men to the coal-face; and how many recruits are required in each of these coalfields at the latest date for which figures are available.

As I informed my hon. Friend on 27th June, the National Coal Board are at present engaged in a review of their manpower requirements and until that review is completed a precise answer to my hon. Friend's Question cannot be given. In general, however, additional recruitment is required more particularly in the North-Eastern, East Midlands, West Midlands and South-Western Divisions.