HC Deb 20 July 1926 vol 198 cc1023-4

(by Private Notice)asked the Prime Minister whether, arising out of the representations made to him yesterday by a deputation of distinguished clergymen, he has any statement to make with respect to a settlement of the dispute in the mining industry?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Baldwin)

It was agreed that no statement should be issued other than that which appears in the Press to-day, and I can only refer the right hon. Gentleman to that statement.


I understand that later this week the Bill that is now being considered upstairs will be brought down for debate in this House. May I ask the Prime Minister, therefore, whether he will consider such an occasion a proper one for debating the subject of this interview, and the action of the Prime Minister in relation to it, and also the utter worthlessness of the Eight Hours Act as a means of hastening a settlement of the dispute.


I am not quite certain whether it is possible to bring the Bill down this week, but it is possible to raise the subjects the right hon. Gentleman has mentioned either on an Estimate or on the Appropriation Bill.


May I intimate that an earlier opportunity will be sought in order to debate it?