59. Miss WARD
asked the Secretary for Mines whether he has yet had any negotiations with the Central Council of the Mining Association of such a nature as to warrant the withdrawal of the Coal Mines Bill designed to amend Part I of the Act of 1930?
§ 61. Mr. T. SMITH
asked the Secretary for Mines whether it is intended to proceed further with the Coal Mines Bill?
§ 63. Mr. BATEY
asked the Secretary for Mines whether the Government intends to proceed with the amendments to Part I of the Coal Mines Act, 1930; and, if not, can he state what opportunities the House will have to discuss necessary amendments to the 1930 Act?
§ The SECRETARY for MINES (Mr. Ernest Brown)
I understand that agreement has been reached by the Central Council of Coalowners, but until I have received assurances from that Council, and from all the districts, that the respective schemes will be amended in a manner considered satisfactory by the Government, there can be no question of delaying or withdrawing the Coal Mines Bill.