§ 79. Mr. Burke
asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that there is a shortage of steam coal in Burnley which is making it extremely difficult for mills to keep running; and will he take action immediately to prevent looms becoming idle, and workpeople unemployed, as has happened on previous occasions?
§ The Secretary for Mines (Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd)
Except when delivery was made impossible by snow, no case has come to my notice of the stoppage of any mill in Burnley due to shortage of coal, although I am aware that a number of them have had to rely on day-to-day deliveries. The arrangements which are already in force to maintain these deliveries will continue until more regular and adequate supplies are assured.
§ Mr. Silverman
Does the Minister realise that mills in the past have been accustomed to retain stocks of coal which have now been almost entirely exhausted? Will he give facilities as soon as possible to enable them to obtain their stocks again so that the same position will not recur?
§ Mr. George Griffiths
Is not one of the reasons for the depletion of stocks that the coal-face miners in the county of Yorkshire have been penalised?