HC Deb 15 September 1939 vol 351 c897
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. Lloyd

I should like notice of that question.

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?

Mr. Lloyd

I shall be glad if the hon. Member will put that question down.