HC Deb 13 April 1943 vol 388 c1058
64. Sir Reginald Clarry

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the effect on the aggregate coal output for 1942 of the operations of the Essential Work Order; and whether he can give an estimate in tons by way of reduction or increase?

Major Lloyd George

It is not possible to measure in tonnage the effect on production of the operation of the Essential Work (Coalmining Industry) Order, but I am satisfied that it has been of assistance to the production of coal by helping to maintain the numbers employed in the industry.