HC Deb 22 October 1918 vol 110 cc618-9W

asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the output of coal in Great Britain in each of the years ending the 31st December, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, and 1917?


The output of coal in Great Britain in the calendar years 1913 to 1917 was as follows:

1913 287,347,952
1914 265,571,993
1915 253,121,524
1916 256,285,533
1917 248,403,594


asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the percentage of men released from the Army to work in the coal mines who are actually working as coal-getters at the coal face?


There are no available figures on this point, but I have reason to believe that the percentage of coal-getters amongst the miners released since the 1st May, 1918, is a considerably lower figure than the normal percentage prevailing at the average colliery. This is in the main due to the fact that the bulk of miners so far released are mostly men of low medical category who, by reason of sickness or disablement by wounds, are unsuited to the more arduous work in the mines. Recently, however, men of higher categories have been made eligible for release, and this fact will tend to improve the percentage of men capable of working at the coal face.