HC Deb 18 December 1945 vol 417 c1093
18. Mr. Henry White

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware of the discontent that exists amongst the men who were transferred to Shireoaks and Steetley Collieries from Whitwell Colliery, near Worksop, in 1942, 61 of whom are still at Shireoaks and 79 at Steetley Colliery; and if he is prepared to make some arrangements so that these men can work at the colliery near their homes, or have the opportunity to return to Whitwell before other miners from a distance are given employment at Whitwell Colliery.

Mr. Shinwell

So far as is practicable, every endeavour is being made to meet the wishes of men desiring transfer to collieries near to their homes and this policy will be followed in respect of ex-Whitwell workers as and when suitable vacancies arise.

Mr. White

Is the Minister aware that one of the factors is that the three collieries belong to one company? Further — [Hon. Members: "We cannot hear."] — may I ask whether he will watch the proceedings with a view to reporting later?

Mr. Shinwell

Yes, Sir, I am aware of the special difficulties in this case, but I can assure my hon. Friend that we will watch the matter closely and that as soon as I can, I will give him what information I have.