§ 4. Mr. J. Griffiths
asked the Secretary for Mines whether he can make a statement as to the progress made in securing an increase in coal production; and the increase in the number of coalmines and coalminers in pursuance of the plan to secure the increase desired?
§ 7. Mr. Gordon Macdonald
asked the Secretary for Mines what action is being taken by his Department to secure a maximum output of coal throughout Great Britain?
§ Mr. Lloyd
During the first four months of the war there has been a substantial increase in output as compared with 1938, but as I explained to the hon. Member for Llanelly (Mr. J. Griffiths) on 5th December, the present limitation on the production of coal is the possibility of moving it. Everything possible is being done to expedite the movement of coal by sea and by rail.
§ Mr. Shinwell
Can the hon. Gentleman give some indication of the steps his Department are taking to expedite the movement of coal by rail?
§ Mr. J. Griffiths
Does the hon. Gentleman expect to secure the increase of 30,000,000 tons this year?
§ Mr. A. V. Alexander
Is it not a fact that, in spite of the new railway demurrage charges, coal deliveries are four weeks in arrears and that this week they are short?