17. Colonel NEWMAN
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is able to give the assurance that for the full period that any man shall deliberately abstain from work during the present strike in the coal industry no part of the wages that he has forfeited or may forfeit shall be directly or indirectly made up to him from any public funds?
§ Mr. BRIDGEMAN
I am not quite sure if I fully apprehend the purport of the question put by my hon. and gallant Friend, but, as far as the Mines Department is concerned, no wages will be paid to men for the period during which they have been on strike.