HC Deb 13 March 1947 vol 434 cc1466-7
15. Mr. Lavers

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he is aware that miners in parts of Durham who work with the aid of candles are having great difficulty in obtaining supplies; and if he will take steps to remove the difficulty.

Mr. Shinwell

I am aware that some collieries in Durham have recently had difficulty in obtaining supplies of candles. I understand, however, that as a result of the steps taken by the National Coal Board, special supplies have already been sent to these collieries.

Mr. Lavers

Is my right hon. Friend aware that candles have not been available to the public and that tradesmen who have ordered candles have found it impossible to obtain them?

Mr. Shinwell

My hon. Friend has put down a Question about miners, not the general public. So far as concerns the provision of candles for the general public perhaps my hon. Friend will give me particulars of any shortage. With regard to the shortage for miners, I suggest to my hon. Friend, if he will allow me, that he should advise the miners to approach their lodges about the difficulty.

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