HC Deb 18 December 1947 vol 445 cc371-2W
83. Mr. Fernyhough

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power on what grounds the North-West Regional Coal Board are refusing licences to applicants who desire to establish drift mines.

Mr. Gaitskell

The licensing of small mines under Section 36 of the Coal Industry Nationalisation Act, 1946, is a matter for the National Coal Board and I have asked the Board to communicate with my hon. Friend.