HC Deb 14 October 1941 vol 374 c1237
59. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Secretary for Mines the number of pit-head canteens now operating in Scotland; the number in course of preparation; and whether he is satisfied that the mineowners are giving effective assistance in the setting-up of these canteens?

Mr. Grenfell

Fifty-six colliery canteens are operating in Scotland, and 53 are in course of preparation. The answer to the last part of the Question is in the affirmative.

Mr. Gallacher

Are not colliery owners in certain parts of Scotland standing in the way of canteen development, and could not the necessary steps be taken to stop such efforts on the part of coalowners?

Mr. Grenfell

I should be glad to hear of any instances. I have no evidence of anything of that kind in Scotland, although there are difficulties in certain other parts of this country.