§ 32. Sir John Mellor
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he will take steps to disclose confidentially to colliery managers and representatives of mineworkers in Great Britain the American Report on British Collieries.
§ Mr. T. Smith
No, Sir. Such a widespread distribution of the Report would not be consistent with the decision of the Government, announced by my right hon. Friend in reply to a Question by the hon. Member for Wallsend (Miss Ward) on 17th October.
§ Sir J. Mellor
As the Report has already been disclosed to a number of people, and no question of principle arises, could not the disclosure usefully be extended, in confidence, to more people engaged in the industry?
As the miners' leaders say that they have seen the Report, and as they use it for propaganda purposes, should not the mineowners also see the Report?
§ Mr. Molson
How is it possible for the coalmining industry to act on the recommendations of this Report if the Report is not available?