HC Deb 29 July 1941 vol 373 c1227
3. Mr. T. Smith

asked the Secretary for Mines what co-operation exists between the Coal Production Council and the area committees of the Ministry of Information with regard to the appeals made to mine-workers for a maximum coal output?

Mr. Grenfell

In order to further the appeals for maximum output, every effort is made to maintain close co-operation between the Coal Production Council and its district production committees on the one hand and the Ministry of Information organisation throughout the country on the other, both through the Ministry's headquarters in London and its regional information officers.

Mr. Smith

Is my hon. Friend aware that there is no co-operation? Is he aware that in Yorkshire the Coal Production Council has been fixing a meeting and that the Minister of Information did the same in the same place and within days of each other, without any consultation? Is that not a waste of organisation power, and ought there not to be the closest co-operation?