Reported in the News Letter on February 28, 1947: Extra food supplies for coal mining areas

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Additional supplies of foodstuffs, consumer goods and priority in housing are to be given to the mining areas of Britain as inducement to stimulate the production of coal.

This was disclosed last night in a statement from 10 Downing Street after a discussion lasting two hours between miners’ leaders and Mr Attlee’s emergency committee.

According to the Press Association Lobby Correspondent, the extra food – sugar, fats, oils, tinned meat and fish – will be sent to the shops and bakeries in the mining towns. The erection of aluminium houses will be given “very substantial priority”.

It is the contention of the miners that the food allocations in their areas have always been unfairly small.

It is believed that the diversion of supplies will not create any noticeable shortage in other parts of the country as they will be taken in small quantities from a large area.

The miners’ leaders “promised the Government the full cooperation in achieving the target of 200,000,000 tons of coal necessary to satisfy our national needs, and undertook to set up a special organisation of the National Union of Mineworkers in furtherance of this aim”.