§ The MINISTER of LABOUR (Sir Arthur Steel-Maitland)
At 25th April, 1927, the latest date for which figures are available, 33,702 persons classified as belonging to the coal-mining industry were recorded as unemployed in County Durham, including 1,647 temporarily stopped from the service of their employers.
§ Mr. SPEAKER
Will the hon. Member allow me to finish my sentence. I say that Question Time is too much taken up with argumentative interjections which are not in the nature of questions asking for information, and it is very hard on Members who have questions standing later on the Paper.
§ Mr. PALING
In view of the fact that a number of these pits have shut down and that a large proportion of these men will never be able to get work again in the county of Durham, are any steps being taken by the Ministry of Labour to get them transferred to other districts?