§ 2. Mr. AYLES
asked the Minister of Labour whether her attention has been called to the fact that, although the dispute in which the Bristol miners were recently involved was settled on 18th April, the miners for whom no work has been found are still refused their unemployment benefit; and what action she proposes to take in the matter?
§ Miss BONDFIELD
My attention has been called to the matter by the hon. Members for Bristol South (Mr. Walkden) and Bristol Central (Mr. Alpass). The questions raised are at present before the Umpire for decision on appeal.
§ The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Ramsay MacDonald)
The short-time working and unemployment in the mining industry in Durham, which I deplore, is due to general trade depression which has adversely affected the inland consumption of coal and coke, and also to the diminution in the coal export trade. The Government is fully alive to the situation in the mining industry and is doing everything possible to mitigate the effects of the industrial depression on the coal industry.