§ 39. Mr. SHINWELL
asked the Secretary for Mines how many pits were working in January, 1925; how many in January of this year and the number of workpeople employed in the respective periods?
§ The SECRETARY for MINES (Commodore Douglas King)
At the end of January, 1925, 2,328 pits were working and 1,141,000 wage-earners were employed. The corresponding figures at the end of January, 1929, were 2,066 and 907,000.
§ Mr. SHINWELL
Do those figures indicate that round about 500 pits have been closed since January, 1925?