HC Deb 08 June 1943 vol 390 c513
45. Mr. De la Bère

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the serious decline in the coal output, he will consider convening a meeting of the Service chiefs and the Minister of Labour with a view to releasing a further limited number of younger miners who are at present serving with the Forces, so as to ensure an increased output?

The Deputy Prime Minister (Mr. Attlee)

No, Sir; the requirements of particular industries are kept ,constantly under review and adequate machinery already exists for allocating the appropriate man-power.

Mr. De la Bère

Will not my right hon. Friend endeavour to get the Government to get the right perspective on this matter? Is it not important that we should have more coal, and will he not do something, at any rate early in the autumn?

Mr. S. O. Davies

Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that the appropriate man-power is available in this country? If so, what evidence can he give to the House that that is the position?

Mr. Attlee

That is another question. I have answered the Question on the subject of the machinery.

Mr. Davies

My supplementary question was based on the words used by the right hon. Gentleman, and I think he should answer it on such an extremely important matter.

Mr. Attlee

The hon. Member's question related to certain facts with regard to the adequacy of the labour power. The Question I answered was with regard to the machinery for allocation.