HC Deb 14 May 1926 vol 195 c1092

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman the Minister of Health whether he is in a position to make any further statement in continuation of what was said yesterday on the industrial situation?

The MINISTER of HEALTH (Mr. Neville Chamberlain)

I have just left my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, and he has asked me to say that he is not, at this moment, in a position to make a further statement. The Prime Minister, as the House probably knows, is now engaged in very earnest endeavours to get negotiations going again on lines that will offer a reasonable prospect of settlement in the coal dispute. I do not know whether his efforts will get far enough to-day to enable him to make a further statement before the House rises, but he has asked me to say that if there is any information which he can usefully communicate to the House he will be only too glad to do so before we rise this afternoon.