HC Deb 05 December 1939 vol 355 cc463-4W
Mr. J. Griffiths

asked the Secretary for Mines whether he can now make a statement as to the steps taken to re-open closed coal mines and to find work for unemployed miners; and whether he can give figures indicating the increase in men employed and in weekly output as compared with the pre-war position?

Mr. Lloyd

As I have previously informed the House, this question is one of a number which are under consideration by the Mining Association and the Mineworkers' Federation, but having regard to limitations of sea transport, there is not at present any shortage of productive capacity. As regards the second part of the question, it is not in the public interest to publish the figures.

Mr. W. Joseph Stewart

asked the Secretary for Mines whether any arrangements have been, or are being made by his Department and the Coalowners' Association, with a view to the opening of some of the mines that are now standing idle in the county of Durham?

Mr. Lloyd

I would refer the hon. Member to the first part of the reply which I have given to-day to the question asked by the hon. Member for Llanelly (Mr. J. Griffiths).