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Welsh Debate

Series

Series Name
Mining Review 1st Year

Issue

Issue No.
2
Date Released
Oct 1947
Length of issue (in feet)
924
Stories in this Issue:
  1. 1Bestwood Training Centre
  2. 2Open Cast Mining
  3. 3Workington Football
  4. 4Welsh Debate

Story

Story No. within this Issue
4 / 4
Summary
NoS synopsis: This staged debate shows members of the Lodge Committee of the Cwmgrach Empire Colliery discussing issues concerning mining machinery - the main question being whether they’re being effectively used. A certain degree of scepticism is expressed about the widespread attitude that machines offer an instant solution to every mining-related problem, and they resent being told that more mechanised mines in America, Germany or Poland are capable of generating more coal. They are concerned that the human element of mining is being neglected, pointing out that the equipment is only as effective as the man who operates it, and it is unrealistic to expect superhuman output, as contingency time must always be allowed to cover unforeseen events such as breakdowns or roof collapses. As one miner describes, "We’ve been working the guts out of our machines during the war", and there is real concern about the lack of availability of spare parts and intermittent power supplies ("There are days when there’s not enough compressed air coming through to drive a donkey cart"). The meeting concludes with an agreement that modern technology must be accompanied by modern conditions, and that productivity will only be increased through effective teamwork and good man-management. The chairman concludes by saying that he’ll approach the Coal Board for more logistical back-up, but stresses that it’s also important for the Lodge members to come up with their own solutions.
Keywords
Mining
Written sources
The National Archives INF 6   /386
British Film Institute Databases
Viewing Copy - bfi screenonline
Hogenkamp, A. P., unpublished DPhil thesis   pxii.
BFI Screenonline synopsis   ID No.1223397
Credits:
Production Co.
Crown Film Unit
Camera
Denny Densham
Camera
Fred Gamage
Director
Graham Wallace
Cutter
Jocelyn Jackson
Cutter
John Legard
Producer
John Taylor
Commentator
Maurice Denham
Director
Max Anderson
Sponsor
Ministry of Fuel and Power
Sound
W. H. May
Camera
William Chaston

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Notes
The BFI National Archive also preserves the original nitrate film copies of British Movietone News, British Paramount News, Empire News Bulletin, Gaumont British News, Gaumont Graphic, Gaumont Sound News and Universal News (the World War II years are covered by the Imperial War Museum).
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