HC Deb 13 May 1918 vol 106 c5
5. Colonel Sir CHARLES SEELY

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the number of complicated and unnecessary returns now being asked for by the Coal Controller, to the waste of paper thereby entailed, the strain put upon the clerical staff of the collieries, and the cost to the public Exchequer in personnel and buildings which will be incurred in order to deal with them, and whether he proposes to take any action in the matter?


The Controller of Coal Mines is fully aware of the strain under which clerical staffs of colliery undertakings are working, and every care is taken to avoid asking for any information which is not really essential.