§ Mr. D. J. Williams
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power how many boys between 14 and 18 years of age entered the mines in South Wales in each month of this year; and if he will give the comparable figures for 1945.
§ Mr. Shinwell
The monthly figures for boys under 18 entering the coal-mining industry are provisional in character and are only finalised at the end of each quarter. The numbers set out below are accordingly given on a quarterly basis:
NUMBER OF BOYS UNDER 18 TEARS OF AGE ENTERING THE COAL INDUSTRY IN SOUTH WALES AND MONMOUTHSHIRE IN JANUARY/ SEPTEMBER 1945 AND 1946. Period Number 1945 1946 January/March … 312 380 April/June … 258 391 July/September … 213 448 TOTAL … 783 1,219