HC Deb 09 May 1944 vol 399 c1688
7. Mr. Tinker asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if the number of youths directed to the mines is equal to the number of mineworkers required.

Major Lloyd George

As announced by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour on 23rd September last, it is the Government's intention to raise the manpower of the coalmining industry to 720,000 at the earliest practicable date. To this end men are being directed to Government coalmining training centres at the highest rate which circumstances permit.

Mr. Tinker

When does the Minister expect to catch up to the requirements?

Major Lloyd George

It was hoped to get up to the figure of 720,000 by the end of October next.

Mr. Foster

How many of these youths are trained?

Major Lloyd George

I think roughly 10,400 have passed through the first stage and about 4,200 are still in the first stage.

Mr. R. J. Taylor

Is the number equal to requirements?

Major Lloyd George

Up to now the number is very much what we anticipated.