HC Deb 15 October 1940 vol 365 c605W
Sir W. Jenkins

asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that a large number of miners is to be thrown out of employment by the Amalgamated Anthracite Combine in the Neath division Gwauncae-Gurwen, Ystalyfera, Glynneath and Resolven areas; what steps he is taking to avoid this happening; will he cause an inquiry to be made; and will he consider calling expert men from the Principality to advise him, in addition to his own staff?

Mr. Grenfell

I am aware of the serious situation which is developing in the anthracite area of South Wales in consequence of the loss of a large part of their markets owing to the war and the seasonal cessation of shipments to Canada and I am in consultation with both sides of the industry as to the steps which are probable to alleviate the position. With regard to the last part of the Question I am advised on matters of policy by the Coal Production Council, and by the District Production Committees, including that in South Wales.