HC Deb 20 November 1947 vol 444 cc1316-7
29. Mr. William Shepherd

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he will give details of the record production by Glen Rhondda miners for September this year; if he will state the percentage of increase over the average production per man which this shows; and what steps are being taken to take national advantage of the example of Glen Rhondda.

Mr. Gaitskell

The average output per manshift (overall) at Glen Rhondda mines during the five weeks ended 4th October, 1947, was 1.007 tons compared with 0.839 tons in the comparable period of 1946, an increase of 20 per cent. Information about the splendid performance of the Glen Rhondda mines was featured in the November issue of the magazine "Coal" which is circulated throughout the industry.

Mr. Shepherd

As example is very important, could not more use be made of this good example, and could the Minister say how it is that these men were able to obtain this total with no mechanical cutting at all and why there is the disparity between the national level and this one?

Mr. Gaitskell

The hon. Member is mistaken if he does not appreciate that there is a considerable spurt going on at the national level at the moment, and while I strongly endorse the suggestion in regard to this splendid output at Glen Rhondda, I would not have him think that there are not others who are also doing well.