December 28, 1946
Industrial demands for electricity are lighter than usual this week-end and domestic cuts are unlikely a Central Electricity Board spokesman said today. Industrially, however the fuel and power position is still causing anxiety.
A ministry of Fuel and Power spokesman to-day referred to the spinning and weaving firms in Lancashire where shortage of coal threatens production and output.
“We accept the fact that there are difficulties and shortages, and as soon as coal is available from the Lancashire pits we are going to make it available to those requiring it,” he said.
Mr. W.H. Greenall coal officer of the Federation of Master Cotton Spinners Associations Ltd., Manchester, told a report today:
“We can really say the situation is definitely no better.” He described the cotton industry as “tottering.”
“The day of bluff should be gone, for the country will have to be told that stocks are flat” he said.
“Mr. Shinwell need not start talking about conserving stocks, because there are none to conserve.”
Mr. Richard Lawson Martindale, chairman of Liverpool Coal Merchants’ Association, to-day described the coal position of industrial undertaking in Liverpool as precarious.
A spokesman at the Liverpool office of the Ministry of Fuel an Power said that during the past few days larger quantities of coal had been coming into Liverpool. The chief difficulty in the north-east is a shortage of railway wagons to move fuel to parts of the country where it is urgently needed. Although 40,000 tons of coke are sent from Durham to the Midlands and South every week, this figure could be increased considerably if transport was available.
Some West Riding textile manufacturers have told the Ministry of Fuel and Power that without fresh coal supplies they will be unable to resume work on Monday. Twelve Blackburn cotton mills which have stopped work through shortage of coal are expected to resume on Monday.
One Sheffield pit had 66 per cent of its men absent to-day. Staveley colliery, North Derbyshire, ha 50% attendance. Shortage of wagons was holding up coal winding in many pits.
(Gloucestershire Echo, 28-12-1946)