§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Sir Albert Stanley)
The progress of the release of coal miners from the Army has been substantially accelerated during the past two months. Up to the 12th October the number was 25,899. The majority are men of B2 and B3 category, but the scope of the release scheme was extended at the beginning of September to include men of B1 category (who may for coal mining purposes be regarded as equivalent to A men), and a substantial proportion of B1 men are included amongst the numbers recently released. I am hopeful that, as a result of appeals which are being made to the coal owners and miners, the output of coal will be improved; but the situation is serious and demands the most rigorous economy in consumption.
§ Mr. A. WILLIAMS
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that large numbers of men of low category who applied to be sent back to the coal mines are at once sent before a medical board and put up to A 1, and are stopped from going back?
§ Colonel WHELER
Can the right hon. Gentleman say what number of men have come back and how many are working at the coal face?
§ Colonel Sir H. GREENWOOD
Has the right hon. Gentleman got out of the Army all the miners asked for in order to stave off the coal famine?