HC Deb 08 September 1942 vol 383 cc6-7
4. Mr. Tinker

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the number of miners who have been allowed to return to the mines from the Forces; and whether he will make it known under what conditions they will be recalled?

Major Lloyd George

Approximately 9,100 men released from the Army and the Royal Air Force under the special arrangement for the return of ex-miners have started work in coal mines. The men who were released from the Army will remain in the industry indefinitely and the period of release granted to men from the Royal Air Force has been extended to 30th June, 1943. All collieries have been informed of these arrangements.

Mr. R. J. Taylor

Can the number be given of face workers in the 9,000 returned from the Services?

Mr. Molson

Are any further releases taking place from the Armed Forces at present?