HC Deb 23 March 1943 vol 387 c1459
29. Mr. Cocks

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power at how many collieries out of the 1,028 employing more than 50 workers canteens have been established, and at how many of these are hot meals supplied?

Major Lloyd George

Canteens have been established at 850 of these collieries, and 243 of the canteens supply full meals.

Mr. Cocks

Do the figures show a considerable increase in the last three months, and, if so, does my right hon. and gallant Friend hope to get a similar increase in the next three months?

Major Lloyd George

There has been a substantial increase. In fact, it has been a steady progress since it started, and I hope that it will continue.

Mr. R. J. Taylor

In view of the need for these canteens, will the Minister see that materials and equipment are provided to complete canteens that are held up?

Major Lloyd George

I will do everything I can, but my hon. Friend will appreciate that there are other demands. We are doing what we can with both labour and material.