§ 50. Mr. HOLMES
asked the Prime Minister whether the Government are prepared to accept the Report signed by the chairman of the Coal Industry Commission?
§ 51. Mr. CAUTLEY
asked the Prime Minister whether he will appoint an impartial Commission to consider and report on the present condition and future prospects of the coal mining industry and the effect of the nationalisation thereof, more particularly in relation to the consumers of coal for household purposes and for manufacturing, mercantile, and agricultural purposes, and as apart from the narrow interests of coal owners and coal miners?
§ 52. Mr. SIMM
asked the Prime Minister if he will consider the advisability of submitting the proposal of State ownership and control of mines and minerals to the nation for decision by means of a referendum of registered electors?
§ Mr. BONAR LAW
The subject referred to in these questions is one which clearly requires the most careful examination and until the Government have found it possible to consider the question in all its aspects it is not possible for me to make any statement. I may add that it is not, in my opinion, a matter that can be dealt with piecemeal by question and answer.
§ Mr. HARTSHORN
Can the right hon. Gentleman say when the Government will be able to reply to Question No. 50?
§ Mr. BONAR LAW
I really cannot name any date. I am sure my hon. Friend and the House generally will realise, as so many Members of the Government, including the Prime Minister, have had their time entirely taken up with Peace negotiations it cannot be expected that a matter of this importance should be rushed without adequate consideration.