§ 58. Mr. BARKER
asked the Secretary for Mines if he is aware of the condition of unemployment among the miners in the area of Blaina, Monmouthshire, and that four mines have been closed since 1921; has he any prospects of getting these collieries re-opened; and can he give any information on the present situation?
§ Mr. SHINWELL
I am aware of the position at Blaina. I regret to say that there appears to be little prospect of any of these collieries being re-opened; most of the seams formerly worked from them are, I understand, now being worked from other pits. Negotiations are, however, in progress for the further development of another seam in the neighbourhood, but are not yet completed.