HC Deb 14 October 1942 vol 383 cc1644-5W
Mr. Foster

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the number of shifts lost for which the guaranteed wage has been paid since the new scheme of control came into operation and the estimated loss of output in the British coalfields, giving figures for each district; and what steps are being taken to ascertain the causes of these lost shifts with the view of reducing them, or finding a remedy?

Mr. T. Smith

I append figures showing for each mining district the number of shifts lost in July and August, for which guaranteed wage was paid, and the tonnage of coal which might have been produced if those shifts had been worked. The totals for Great Britain were 242,849 shifts and 266,297 tons of coal. The officers of the Regional Coal Organisation are giving special attention to collieries, the working and record of which appears to be unsatisfactory.

Statement showing the number of shifts lost for which payments to make up the guarantee of wages was made during the months of July and August, 1942.

District. Number of Shifts Lost. Tonnage Lost.
Scotland 46,751 48,621
Northumberland 13,407 13,139
Durham 18,656 17,350
South Wales 25,968 22,592
South Yorkshire 54,596 64,969
West Yorkshire 19,617 19,617
Nottingham 15,068 22,903
Derbyshire (excl. S. Derby). 20,261 28,163
South Derbyshire 983 1,494
Cannock Chase 2,395 2,275
Leicester 608 979
Warwick 3,187 4,079
Lancashire and Cheshire 8,475 7,543
North Staffordshire 3,885 4,196
Cumberland 1,819 1,346
North Wales 4,253 4,168
South Staffordshire 262 265
Shropshire 410 480
Forest of Dean 1,389 1,250
Kent 859 868
GREAT BRITAIN 242,849 266,297