Coal shortages following nationalisation create problems for other industries.
Full title reads: "1,600 pits are yours ... but - Coal Crisis Grips Industry".
LS of pit head. Pan to show chimney. CU of output target board on mine building. MS still pithead wheel. CU NCB flag.
MS Mines Minister Emanuel Shinwell (Manny) making his speech when he handed over the mines to the National Coal Board. Clement Attlee sitting on the left of Mr Shinwell. Lord Hyndley chairman of the NCB sits on the right.
MS Members of the cabinet listening. Mr Ernest Bevin included. CU of Bevin arms folded head resting on chest looks very tired. Others listening include Sir Stafford Cripps Herbert Morrison, (Lord Privy Seal), and Chuter Ede.
LS General view of Blackburn, Lancashire showing the mass of factories with their tall chimneys idle. CU a mill chimney sends out no smoke. CU MS Various shots of idle looms and machinery at the Roe Lea Mills Blackburn. CU. a half finished roll of cloth on a loom. (The looms are silent because there is not enough coal to power them). MS Raymond Duckworth, head of the mill, shows idle machinery to John Parsons.
CU A crowd of mill girl workers outside a mill. CU three of the girls outside give their opinions to John Parsons.
MS Parsons, with a group of miners just come up from the pit, with grimy faces, at Atherstone, Warwickshire. CU One miner gives his opinion. MS Pan up from yard to chimney of a factory, which smokes a little. CU a pithead wheel turning.
N.B. The voiceover suggests that the future of the country is in the hands of the miners.