HC Deb 02 March 1948 vol 448 cc188-9
20. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Minister of Labour what are the estimated costs of the publicity campaign to persuade public schoolboys to take up coalmining as a career; and what have been the results to date.

Mr. Isaacs

No such publicity campaign has been undertaken, but I understand that officials of the National Coal Board have addressed meetings of boys at some of the public schools to tell them about coalmining as a career.

Mr. Hughes

Could my right hon. Friend tell us whether his right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs has not frequently visited Eton to appeal to them to join up in the coalmining industry, and what were the results?

Mr. Isaacs

I saw a number of lads working in a coal pit recently, but they were all so dirty that I could not tell whether they came from Eton or anywhere else.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Does the reply refer to public schools as we know them in England, or to public schools as we know them in Scotland?

Mr. Isaacs

I must frankly admit that I do not know the difference between the two.

Mr. Gallacher

In view of the importance of such a campaign, and the value it would have for the coalmining industry——

Mr. Stokes

Moscow High School.

Mr. Gallacher

—would not the Minister consider advising the Conservative Party to accept responsibility for continuing such a campaign?

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