HC Deb 16 June 1925 vol 185 c267
26. Colonel GRETTON

asked the Secretary for Mines how many coal mines were closed down during the month of May; and if any have been closed during June or if notice has been given of the closing of more coal mines?

Colonel LANE-FOX

Fifty-nine coal mines, normally employing 8,875 wage-earners, were closed during the month of May. No later information is yet available.


Is it not a fact that the reason why many of these coal mines are closing down is due to the reparations in coal demanded for France?

Colonel LANE-FOX

No, that is not the reason. I cannot go into it now, but that is not the reason.

Brigadier-General Sir HENRY CROFT

Is it not a fact that the only hope of improving the position is by safeguarding the steel trade, which is the greatest consumer of coal in this country?


Does the hon. and gallant Gentleman agree that the reason for the mines being shut down is because of Parliament interfering with the miners' hours of work?


That is raising a large Debate.

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