§ Colonel Clarke
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power how many collieries in Northumberland, Durham and Cumberland have offered employment to Poles; whether at all these collieries the miners are willing to accept them, or at which collieries the miners are unwilling to do so.
§ Mr. Shinwell
Subject to the agreement of the local lodge the National Coal Board are prepared to employ Poles at, any312W colliery where suitable vacancies exist which cannot be filled by British workers. Negotiations with miners' lodges in Northumberland, Durham and Cumberland are still in progress and I am informed by the Board that agreement has so far been reached locally in respect of the employment of Poles at five collieries in the coalfields concerned.