HC Deb 19 May 1966 vol 728 cc1536-7
36. Mr. William Hamilton

asked the President of the Board of Trade what representations have been made to him concerning the difficulties of the National Coal Board in recruiting sufficient manpower in Scotland to man developing mines; and what reply he gave.

Mr. Jay

None, Sir.

Mr. Hamilton

Has my right hon. Friend seen reports in the Scottish Press to the effect that the National Coal Board has made representations to the appropriate Government Departments on this matter? Can he give an assurance that the Board of Trade and other Government Departments will not cease in their efforts to diversify industrial opportunities in Fife and other mining areas?

Mr. Jay

The representations I am conscious of having received from the Coal Board are to the effect that new employment is needed in these areas.