HC Deb 16 April 1956 vol 551 c656
2. Mr. A. Roberts

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the average number of shifts worked by mine workers for the years 1931, 1935, 1938, 1950, and 1955, based on his Statistical Digest.

Mr. Aubrey Jones

On a comparable basis of calculation, 4.53, 4.78, 4.84, 4.69, and 4.68 per week, respectively.

Mr. Roberts

Does the Minister agree that the effort put forward by the mine workers of Great Britain at the present time is a meritorious one?

Mr. Jones

The hon. Gentleman should be aware that one method of raising coal output would be to raise the number of man shifts, and man shifts are lower than they need be for various causes, as the hon. Gentleman knows quite as well as I do.