§ 43. Mr. John Hall
asked the Paymaster-General what was the total coal production, including opencast, and the output per man-shift in 1957.
§ Mr. Hall
Would not my hon. Friend agree that this rather disappointing increase, which has not varied very much in the last three or four years, is a reflection of the failure of the National Coal Board to do its job effectively, despite the increasing amount of capital being spent in the industry?
§ Sir I. Horobin
I do not think that anybody, including the Coal Board, is satisfied with the progress in increasing production, but I do not think I can usefully say anything more in answer to a supplementary question.