HC Deb 25 October 1971 vol 823 cc226-7W
41. Mr. Eadie

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what reports he has received from the National Coal Board about further contraction in manpower and output in the mining industry in Scotland; what are the number of men involved; and in which pits.

Sir J. Eden

The N.C.B. has told me that it is concerned about the trend in demand for Scottish coal and is in touch with its main customers. Its manpower prospects should be clearer when these discussions are completed.