HC Deb 30 June 1925 vol 185 c2214

asked the Secretary for Mines whether the employers in the mining industry have decided to give notice on 30th June next of the termination of the existing agreement in the mining industry; and, if so, if he can state the reasons for this decision?

Colonel LANE-FOX

Yes, Sir. I understand that the colliery owners have this morning given notice to terminate the present national wages agreement, on the ground that, in the present conditions of the industry, it is not economically possible to continue it.


Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that certain collieries, in various parts of Yorkshire at any rate, are even now paying 20 to 25 per cent. dividends, and will his Department at least make some investigation to prevent the calamity that may occur?

Colonel LANE-FOX

Yes, it is true that some pits are doing much better than others, but I would point out that the termination of the agreement merely clears the ground, to make other arrangements where they may be necessary.


Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that unless there be some real unification of the mines, taking the good with the bad, there is no possibility either of peace in the industry or a living for the miners?


We cannot now go into that.