§ 40. Mr. DALTON
asked the Minister of Labour if he has taken legal opinion as to whether the hours now being worked by any men or boys in or about the British coal mines under any district agreement are in excess of those permitted under the Washington Hours Convention; and, if so, whether he will communicate this opinion to the House?
§ Mr. DALTON
Would it not be desirable, in view of the opinions that have been expressed on the matter, to take legal opinion, so as to be quite sure that the Government are not responsible, owing to the Act that was passed last Session?
§ Mr. MARDY JONES
Is it not a fact that, owing to the Eight Hours Act, the hours worked by underground workers exceed eight, and, therefore, exceed the number laid down in the Washington Convention?
§ Mr. TAYLOR
Did not the right hon. Gentleman state recently that the Miners Eight Hours Bill was not a contravention of the Washington Convention, and had he taken legal opinion before he made that statement?