26. Major Lloyd
asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is satisfied with the production of coal from the Scottish pits in view of the coal shortage on Clyde side; 775 and whether he is satisfied that all concerned with the production of coal in Scotland are co-operating to get the maximum output at the present time, and are following the example of their Engish and Welsh confrères with regard to holidays?
§ Mr. Grenfell
As long as the output of coal in this country is not sufficient to enable us to build up such stocks as would remove any risk of shortage next winter, I cannot say I am satisfied. Indeed there is no district in the country where with the full co-operation of all concerned the output could not be materially increased. At the same time I would like to express my appreciation of the efforts which so many in the industry, owners, managements and men, are making to meet the nation's needs under difficult conditions of lack of man-power, food rationing and restricted supply of materials. On the general question of holidays I would refer to my answer of to-day to the hon. Member for Wallsend (Miss Ward).