HC Deb 22 May 1928 vol 217 cc1672-3

asked the Secretary for Mines if he will give comparative figures showing the allowances in kind which obtain in the Ruhr and Durham coalfields, respectively; and what is the weekly value of each item per mine worker employed?

Commodore KING

Practically the only allowance in kind to coal workers in the Ruhr is in respect of domestic coal, which is valued at about 5d. per week per person employed. In Durham the coal allowance is a ton every four weeks for householders. Valuing it at 10s. per ton this is about Is. 6d. per week per person employed. In addition, there are free houses or allowances in lieu thereof, the value of which amounts to about ed. per week per person employed.


Is the hon. and gallant Member aware that these allowances in Durham only apply to married men and not to single men?

Commodore KING

Yes. That is why I have carefully prepared the answer. I have given, as the hon. Member asked, the average per person employed.