HC Deb 09 April 1940 vol 359 cc474-5
89. Captain Plugge

asked the Secretary for Mines, in view of the shortage of coal, whether any mines are not working either at all or on part-time; and what is the reason in each such case for failure to produce the maximum capacity?

Mr. Shakespeare

Following the improvement in transport conditions by sea and rail practically all pits are working full time.

Mr. Thorne

How long will it be before the people in London and other parts of the country are in a position to get the coal they want?

Mr. Tinker

Will the hon. Gentleman ask the Secretary for Mines whether he is sure that pits are employed to full capacity, as some of these are working only four or five days a week? Will the hon. Gentleman make inquiries?

Mr. Shakespeare indicated assent.

90. Captain Plugge

asked the Secretary for Mines whether, in view of the complaints of coal-shortage in the Med-way area, he can make any statement as to when normality in respect of supplies will have been reached; and whether, in view of the approach of summer, definite assurances can be given?

Mr. Shakespeare

The Secretary for Mines fully expects that supplies of house coal will soon be equal to current requirements.

94. Mr. Pethick-Lawrence

asked the Secretary for Mines whether he has considered the letters sent to him on 19th and 20th February by the fuel overseers of Edinburgh, West Lothian and Midlothian; and when they may expect his reply?

Mr. Shakespeare

Yes, Sir; the reply was sent on 4th April.