§ 40. Captain ROGERSON
asked the Secretary for Mines what was the percentage of absenteeism amongst coal hewers during the last month for which returns are available?
§ Lieut.-Colonel LANE-FOX
Particulars of absenteeism amongst coal hewers are not separately available. For all classes of colliery workers, both above and below ground, the number of man-shifts lost that could have been worked during April last was rather more than 8 per cent. of the total number of shifts that were, or could have been, worked.
§ Mr. LAWSON
Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman give us the percentage of absentees among directors of colliery companies for the same period?
§ Mr. R. RICHARDSON
Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware of the large amount of lost time consequent upon the lack of ventilation in many of the older mines of the country, as a result of which men have to absent themselves from work?
On a point of Order. I wanted to ask the hon. and gallant Gentleman whether he is aware—[HON. MEMBERS: "Order!"] This is a very important point.