HC Deb 14 December 1926 vol 200 cc2751-2
24. Mr. PALING

asked the Secretary for Mines the approximate number of miners who have returned to work on an eight hours', seven and a half hours', and a seven hours' day, respectively?

The SECRETARY for MINES (Colonel Lane Fox)

On the 4th December, the latest date for which I have figures, the numbers of workpeople employed on the basis of a seven and a-half hour and an eight hour underground working day were respectively about 265,550 and 456,160. So far as these figures relate to Northumberland and Durham, where the hewers are on a seven and a-half basis and the other underground workers on eight, they are necessarily estimates. I believe that a few pits in different districts are still working seven hours, but I have no information on which I could estimate the extent to which the figures that I have given should be modified on this account.


Has the right hon. Gentleman any knowledge of any case where the hours put up by the owners have been subsequently decreased, as a result of negotiations between the owners and the men?

Colonel LANE FOX

I cannot say without notice.