HC Deb 13 October 1942 vol 383 c1475
28. Sir Leonard Lyle

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power, in view of the net increase of 3,490 in the number of miners at work between 1st January and 12th September, 1942, and the resumption of work in the mines in the same period by 18,957 men, what happened to the 15,467 miners who, in that period, apparently left the mines?

Major Lloyd George

The loss of 15,467 miners to which the hon. Member refers is explained by the normal net wastage of the industry, which, as I have informed the House, is currently running at a rate of 25,000 per annum.