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.