HC Deb 14 March 1912 vol 35 cc1268-9
Mr. FRED HALL (Dulwich)

asked whether, taking into consideration the number of industries other than mining, in which unemployment has automatically resulted in consequence of the miners' strike, His Majesty's Government will approach the coalowners' representatives with a view to ascertaining whether it would be practicable to utilise some portion of such unemployed labour in working certain of the mines in order to minimise distress, to prevent damage to property, and to maintain a limited coal supply for commercial and domestic use during the continuance of the general strike?


I cannot at present say more than that His Majesty's Government are giving careful consideration to the steps that may be necessary if the existing stoppage is prolonged.


Does not the right hon. Gentleman anticipate being able to make any statement to the House before it rises?


As the hon. Member knows, the Prime Minister at the present moment is engaged on this very business. I will inquire later as to the possibility of making a statement.