HC Deb 12 December 1928 vol 223 c2124
62. Mr. C. EDWARDS

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that an official under his Department instructed the Newport Board of Guardians to treat the stoppage at Nine Mile Point Colliery, Monmouthshire, as a workers' dispute when considering claims for relief by the dependants of the above; that the colliery company gave the workmen notice because the colliery was not paying; whether the above instruction was given by his order; and, if not, will he take steps to see that such instruction is withdrawn?


The General Inspector on being consulted by the guardians advised them that if it were the case that work was available for the men at such wages as would enable them to support themselves and their families, the grant of relief to the men themselves would be illegal, though it would be necessary to relieve the dependants if destitution existed. The advice given was in my right hon. Friend's opinion correct. No instruction of the nature indicated in the question was given and the last part of the question does not, therefore, arise.


Does this mean that the wages paid by this colliery company are going to be the deciding factor as to whether they are sufficient or not?


No, Sir.