HC Deb 14 March 1944 vol 398 cc15-6
23. Mr. Wakefield

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he has any information about the hours of work, the amount of coal produced and the remuneration of women coalminers working at the coal face in Russia.

Major Lloyd George

No, Sir.

Mr. Wakefield

Will my right hon. and gallant Friend give an. assurance that, even if patriotic women volunteer to work at the coal face in the hour of their country's need, he will not accept that gesture?

Mr. Kirkwood

There will be none of the women of the ruling class working in the coal pits.

Viscountess Astor

Will the Minister get some information about this matter, on which there is a good deal of talk throughout the country, because we want to know what is going on in this paradise for workers?

Mr. Shinwell

Is it not time that these attacks on the miners ceased, and that there was some appreciation of the men's grievances?