21 January 1942
THIS IS THE PROPERTY OF HIS BRITANNIC GOVERNMENT SECRET. COPY NO. 54 L.P. (42) 18 21st January, 1942. WAR CABINET. LORD COMMITTEE MINING BY DIRECT GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS. Memorandum by the President of the Board of Trade. On a recent review of the output of coal and coal mining operations generally, I reached the conclusion that we must take every possible step to increase coal production, and in particular decided that it was desirable to work a number of outcrop deposits of coal which we knew to exist in the country and which were not at present being worked.