§ Rear-Admiral BEAMISH
(by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister whether the Government propose to introduce legislation setting up an arbitration tribunal for the coal mining industry?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
No, Sir. The proposal was made in the hope of ending the stoppage by providing the Miners' Federation with some substitute for a national agreement. The Miners' Federation have informed the Government that the proposal is not acceptable to those whom they represent, and the district negotiations now taking place will, I hope lead to an early end of the stoppage. In these circumstances the Government have no intention of proceeding with the legislation suggested.