§ 17. Mr. Swingler
asked the Minister of Labour the average net monthly increase of manpower in the coal industry during the calendar year 1947 and the figures for January and February, 1948.
§ The Minister of Labour (Mr. Isaacs)
In each monthly period of four weeks during 1947, there was an average net increase of 2,000 in the number of wage earners on colliery books. The corresponding figures for the four week periods ending 31st January and 28th February, 1948, are 2,500 and 2,000.