HC Deb 31 July 1941 vol 373 c1542W
Mr. Mainwaring

asked the Minister of Labour whether it is the policy of his Department to prevent mineworkers, now graded fit only for service work, taking up other employment available for them; and whether he has reason to believe that such men will ever be given suitable employment at any mines in this country?

Mr. Bevin

I presume my hon. Friend means surface work. Unemployed miners who are regarded as fit only for surface work will be placed in such employment, in so far as it is available. Otherwise endeavours will be made to find them alternative work of national importance with the least possible delay.