§ Mr. J. Griffiths
asked the Secretary for Mines whether he can now make a statement as to the steps taken to re-open 464W 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?