§ 37. Mr. HANNON
asked the Secretary for Mines the extent to which work in the collieries in Fifeshire and the Lothians has been held up during March by the shortage of trucks; and what steps, if 254 any, are being taken to relieve the congestion which exists at ports on the East Coast of Scotland?
§ Lieut.-Colonel LANE-FOX
According to the returns furnished to my Department, the number of coalwinding days lost by the mines in Fifeshire and the Lothians during March owing to transport difficulties was negligible (less than 01 of a day per week on the average. As regards the last part of the question, I have not been asked to take any action to relieve congestion at the Scottish ports, nor do I think it would be in my power to do so.