HC Deb 15 March 1932 vol 263 c173
31. Captain P. MACDONALD

asked the Secretary for Mines whether it is intended to continue the seven and a-half hours day for workers in coal mines after the temporary legislation in this connection expires at the end of June; and whether he will make a statement on this matter?


The Government regard this matter as primarily one for settlement by the industry itself, and they do not propose to come to any decision as to legislation until after the position has been discussed between the two sides in the industry. They have accordingly urged upon the representatives of the coal owners the desirability of their meeting representatives of the workmen at the earliest possible moment.


Have the Government any policy in this matter?


Obviously, on a question of hours, it is better that the two sides should first meet without the Government having come to a decision before they have had an opportunity of discussing the matter among themselves.