HC Deb 18 December 1941 vol 376 c2087W
Sir G. Gibson

asked the Secretary for Mines whether in order to maintain fullest production from coal mines throughout the country he will cause the coal mines to carry out the recommendation of the Minister of Labour to munition factories to work through the Christmas period or have only one day's holiday; and if not, for how many and on which days will the coal mines throughout the country be closed during the Christmas period?

Mr. Grenfell

My appeal to the colliery districts to adopt the Government's recommendation on this matter is to be further considered by the national representatives Of both sides of the industry and I therefore do not desire to make any statement at this stage.