HC Deb 01 April 1946 vol 421 c820
46. Mr. Harold Macmillan

asked the Prime Minister whether he will publish as a White Paper the full text of the correspondence which has recently passed between himself and the National Association of Colliery Managers; and what action he proposes to take in the matter.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Attlee)

No, Sir. I do not propose to publish this correspondence as a White Paper, nor do I consider that any further action is required.

Mr. Macmillan

In view of the very great importance of friendly working arrangements between the Minister of Fuel and Power and all branches of men employed in the mining industry, especially the colliery managers, will the right hon. Gentleman ask his right hon. Friend either to withdraw these offensive observations or, better still, to resign his office?

The Prime Minister

No, Sir. [HON. MEMBERS: "Answer."] I did answer. Perhaps the hon. Members did not hear The answer was "No, Sir "

Mr. Macmillan

Arising out of the further reply of the right hon. Gentleman, has he drawn the specific attention of his right hon. Friend the Minister of Fuel and Power to this matter, and has he asked him to desist from observations of this kind?