HC Deb 12 March 1912 vol 35 c969

Can the Home Secretary tell us the business for Thursday? I would also like to ask whether, if he thinks it desirable, he can say anything about the conference [representatives of miners and coalowners] to-day?


In regard to the business for Thursday, the Prime Minister asks me to say that he will be much obliged to the right hon. Gentleman if he will postpone his question until to-morrow.

With regard to the coal strike, the representatives of the coalowners in every district have accepted the invitation of the Prime Minister. The representatives of the miners have accepted the invitation with a reservation the terms of which have already been made public. The conference is now sitting.


May I ask my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary if he is able to state whether, in the unhappy event of the Prime Minister being unable on Thursday to make a more definite and satisfactory statement in the matter of the coal crisis, the Government will then be able to give the House an opportunity of discussing the question?


I think my hon. Friend had better postpone that question.