§ 105. Mr. G. MACDONALD
asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that during the last four weeks two collieries in Lancashire, employing over 1,500 persons, have closed down; and will he state whether his Department was in any way consulted prior to the closing down of these collieries?
§ Mr. ISAAC FOOT
I am informed that one mine in Lancashire employing 1,240 persons has been closed down since the beginning of November. There is no obligation on a colliery owner to consult the Mines Department before closing his pit, nor is it usual for him to do so.
§ Mr. MACDONALD
Does the hon. Member not think that such consultation would be advisable, as things are in the mining industry in these days?
§ Sir N. GRATTAN-DOYLE
In view of the Minister's experience since he came into office in connection with the working of the Coal Mines Act, does he not think that it ought to be repealed?