HC Deb 21 May 1931 vol 252 cc2199-200
66. Major COLVILLE

asked the Secretary for Mines the average weekly cash earnings of all workers employed in the coal mines in each district in Great Britain for the year 1930?


As the reply involves a number of figures, I will, with the hon. and gallant Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.


Is it not the case that Scotland has the highest average earnings of any district?


It is true that Scotland is the highest on the list, but Scotland has the highest average output.


Are not these earnings disgracefully low?


That is the general opinion.

Following is the reply:

AVERAGE WEEKLY CASH EARNINGS of all workers employed in the coal mines in each district in Great Britain during the year 1930.
District. s. d.
Scotland 50 4
Northumberland 36 10
Durham 39 7
South Wales and Monmouth 45 1*
Yorkshire 44 3
North Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire 45 3
South Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Cannock Chase and Warwickshire 43 11
Lancashire, Cheshire and North Staffordshire 41 8
Cumberland, North Wales, South Staffordshire, Shropshire, Bristol, Forest of Dean, Somerset, and Kent 44 9
* This figure relates to the year ended January, 1931, and is affected "by the dispute which occurred during January.

NOTE.—It should be noted that the particulars of cash earnings shown above do not include the value of allowances in kind which varied from about 5s. 4d. per week in Northumberland and Durham to about 2d. per week in Scotland, Lancashire, Cheshire and North Staffordshire.