HC Deb 09 November 1943 vol 393 cc1107-8W
Mr. Henry White

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the number of increased personnel underground at Westhorpe Colliery, near Sheffield, since the closing of Norwood Colliery and the average weekly increase of output; and whether he is satisfied that concentration in this area has given the anticipated results?

Major Lloyd George

Westhorpe Colliery now employs 75 more men than it did previous to the closure of Norwood and the output for the latest date available has increased by 474 tons per week. When certain development work at Westhorpe has been completed the concentration scheme of which the closure of the Norwood Pit formed part, is expected to yield an aggregate additional output of 1,500 tons a week and I am satisfied that the project will amply justify itself.