HC Deb 06 April 1943 vol 388 c511W
Mr. Salt

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is satisfied with the present operation of the Essential Work Order, as applied to coalmining; and, if not, whether he will arrange for its modification at an early date in order to ensure increased efficiency?

Major Lloyd George

The Essential Work (Coalmining Industry) Order has been modified in its provisions from time to time since it was first brought into operation in May, 1941. The experience gained by the regional organisation of my Ministry during the past nine months has pointed to the desirability of further modifications in the operation of the Order and my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour and National Service, after consultation with me and after discussions had taken place between officials of my Department and representatives of the industry, has made a new consolidated Order which came into force to-day.