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Italian Workers

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 November 1950

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power how many Italians are now employed in our coal mines; and what steps are being taken to increase their number.

The statistics of manpower in the coal industry do not show the nationalities of the men employed; I have, therefore, no information about the number of Italians who work in the mines. The National Coal Board have made proposals to the National Union of Mineworkers for the recruitment of Italians; their consultations are still going on.

Can my right hon. Friend say whether all these men have been well screened?