HC Deb 20 February 1945 vol 408 cc618-9
64. Mr. James Griffiths

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power at how many mines U.S.A. machinery has been introduced and operated; and what the result has been in production as compared with the results prior to their introduction.

Major Lloyd George

At the present time there are thirty-one projects, at twenty-seven collieries, operating American or American type machinery. The results show an output of 4.07 tons per man-shift (to the loading point), as compared with 2.51 tons per man-shift obtained by normal mining methods at these particular collieries.

Mr. Griffiths

Do those figures indicate that, with the same machinery, the out- put per person in the United Kingdom is higher than the output in the United States of America? Does not that show that British miners are giving an output equal to that of miners in the United States?