HC Deb 08 February 1945 vol 407 c2235W
Mr. Robertson

asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that the labour force distributing coal in London is from 25 per cent. to 30 per cent. below pre-war, and in the rest of the country, only 15 per cent. below pre-war, and will he take steps to make good the deficiency.

Mr. Bevin

I understand that the figures referred to by the hon. Member relate to a date in 1943, when there was no acute shortage of labour for coal distribution in London. Within the limits of present man-power resources I am, however, taking all steps open to me to meet the present requirements and so allow the soldiers whose temporary assistance is so valuable to return to their proper duties.