51. Captain CROOKSHANK
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the fact that a guarantee for £2,000,000 has been granted under the Trade Facilities Act for developing the Kent coalfield, he will assure the House that no further guarantee of this kind will be made until after the Coal Commission has made its Report on the mining industry as a whole?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
I do not feel able to give so sweeping an undertaking. But the hon. Member can rest assured that in future as in the past the Mines Department will be consulted before any guarantee is given for any colliery undertaking, and my right hon. Friend doubtless has fully in mind the possible effects of the Report of the Coal Commission.