HC Deb 06 December 1920 vol 135 cc1728-9
66. Mr. HURD

asked the Secretary for Mines if he will state what were the figures of output, wages, costs, and balance for the Somerset mines alone in column (f), area 5, of the Statistical Summary [Cmd. 949]?


The quarterly statistical summary is published by virtue of the proviso to Sub-section 1 of Section 4 of Part II of the Second Schedule to the Coal Mines Emergency Act. In view of the main provisions of that Subsection I do not think it is open to me to supplement the summary with more detailed information.


Would the right hon. Gentleman say whether these figures exist or not, and whether, in their absence, it is possible to form any conclusion concerning this district area of Somerset mining?


I am not sure whether the figures exist or not, but I do not think it would be permissible for me to give detailed information.

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