§ Mr. Wootton-Davies
asked the Secretary for Mines to what extent the present shortage of coal is attributable to reduced production at the collieries caused by miners leaving their employment for other work and to enlist in the Armed Forces?
§ Mr. Grenfell
Over the country as a whole I am satisfied that production of coal is sufficient to meet current needs, though there are districts where there is shortage. In some cases, as in Lancashire, among the contributory causes of shortage are those mentioned by the hon. Member. A review of the man-power position is now in progress.