HC Deb 30 January 1941 vol 368 c707W
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.

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