§ 15. Mr. J. Griffiths
asked the Secretary for Mines, whether, having regard to the institution of a rationed supply of coal, he is considering the advisability of increasing the supply of coal by securing the reopening of closed pits where possible; and whether he can make a statement on the matter.
§ The Secretary for Mines (Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd)
I am in consultation with the Mining Association and the Mineworkers' Federation of Great Britain as to the best means of securing an adequate supply of coal during the war.
§ Mr. Griffiths
Will the hon. Gentleman in the meantime make a statement that it is undesirable at this stage that pits should be closed, as some are threatened to be closed and there are tens of thousands of skilled miners who are mystified at coal being rationed?
§ Mr. Rhys Davies
When the hon. Gentleman is considering the problem of reopening coal mines will he bear in mind the depressed patches of the Lancashire coalfield?
§ Mr. Thorne
Is it the intention of the Department to cut down the supply which is now being allowed to gas undertakings?