HC Deb 10 December 1941 vol 376 c1538
83. Mr. Lipson

asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is satisfied that he has adequate powers to prevent the closing down of pits engaged in the production of coal?

The Secretary for Mines (Mr. David Grenfell)

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Lipson

Has the Minister exercised these powers on any occasion?

Mr. Grenfell

Yes, Sir. The Secretary for Mines has power, under the Defence Regulations, to issue an Order, and this has been done upon a number of occasions.