HC Deb 24 March 1927 vol 204 c562

asked the Minister of Labour if his attention has been called to the posting of notices of termination of contract at Tilmanstone Colliery, Kent; and what steps he is taking to obviate the closing down of this colliery and the resulting unemployment?

70. Mr. GRUNDY

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that, as a result of the judgment delivered by the Railway and Canal Commissioners in connection with the application by the Tilmanstone (Kent) Collieries, Limited, for the ancillary right, under the Mines Facilities Acts, 1923 and 1925, and the Mining Industry Act, 1926, for the erection of an aerial ropeway from Tilmanstone Colliery to Dover Harbour, the miners at Tilmanstone Colliery have been given notice to terminate their engagement, involving the permanent unemployment of some 900 men; and whether any action can be taken to avoid this addition to unemployment?


asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that, as a result of the refusal of the Railway and Canal Commissioners to approve the construction of a ropeway to Dover Harbour for the Tilmanstone mine, the mine is to be closed at once and 1,000 men thrown out of work; and whether his Department can do anything to avert this increase of unemployment?

Colonel LANE FOX

I made a statement on this subject yesterday, in answer to a question by the hon. and gallant Member for Dulwich, to which I have nothing to add.


At the beginning of last year the House voted a guarantee of £2,000,000 to develop the Kent coalfield. Is this one of the coalfields to which we gave the guarantee?

Colonel LANE FOX

The hon. Member must give me notice of that question.