HC Deb 15 June 1927 vol 207 c1005

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the present state of the coal industry, he will set up, on the lines of his proposal last summer, a commission to inquire into the possibility of creating a coal-selling agency with a view to selling coal at a price which would enable a living wage to be paid to the miners, such commission to have power to explore the possibilities of making satisfactory arrangements with Continental producers and consumers?


A committee to inquire into and report upon the desirability and practicability of developing co-operative selling in the coal-mining industry was appointed on the 26th July, 1926, and reported on the 30th November, 1926. The Report has been published as a Command Paper (Cmd. 2770). The views of the Government on the Report were indicated by my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade in a Debate which took place on the 22nd February on a Motion by the hon. Member for Wigan. I do not consider that further inquiry on the subject is necessary.