HC Deb 03 December 1946 vol 431 cc72-3W
Mr. D. J. Williams

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he is aware that inability to obtain mechanical and electrical equipment is holding up development in many South Wales collieries; and what progress is being made in making such equipment available.

Mr. Shinwell

There is general difficulty in obtaining supplies of mechanical and electrical equipment, and arrangements have been made between the Departments concerned with a view to ensuring that colliery requirements receive appropriate priority. In respect of many items the position has improved in recent months, but electric motors and iron and steel continue to present diffi- culties which, of course, are not confined to the mining industry. I am not aware of any special difficulties in South Wales, and collieries who are experiencing delays should communicate with my regional mining supplies officers.